WC Vision LLC and SCCA Pro Racing today announced two major positions in leadership for the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championships. Scott Bove, currently Director of Operations for the series, moves up to the role of president and CEO. Geoffrey Carter, a veteran of professional motorsports for more than two decades, was named the series' new Competition Director.
Bove has been a part of the leadership team with World Challenge for the past three years. As the Director of Operations for WC Vision, he fostered growth and success in all facets of the series. The Board of Directors of WC Vision agreed that Bove is the person they want to lead the series to further prominence and expansion.
“Scott is known for his full-steam-ahead approach, and we see him put that to good purpose as he accomplishes twice as much as any two people,” said Bob Woodhouse, the recently retired founding Co-Chair of WC Vision. “Putting a plan together, whether it is for our competitors, their sponsors, or bringing us a superior television package, Scott knows how to structure a deal to create a ‘win-win' for both parties.”
Geoffrey Carter, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, joins the Pirelli World Challenge after 20 years in professional racing in a number of top-level positions with race teams in Champ Car, American Le Mans and Grand Am Rolex. As the new WC Vision Competition Director, Carter will take over for TC Kline and lead the Pirelli World Challenge Championships Technical Department.
With the tremendous growth of the series including the addition of a new class for 2012, Touring Car B-Spec, the Competition Director position's workload is increasing. Kline was hired in 2010 to direct the series' competition on a part-time basis, while continuing to manage his long-running successful business, TC Kline Racing. Kline is stepping away to allow for a full-time Director of Competition to handle the ever-expanding paddock.
Carter was most recently Team Manager for Cytosport/Pickett Racing campaigning a Porsche RS Spyder in the ALMS. In 2010, the Carter-led team won the LMP2 Class at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Carter was also the lead mechanic on the Chip Ganassi Racing team that claimed three Champ Car World Series Championships from 1996-98.
“TC Kline has made a valuable contribution to the series during his time with us,” said new WC Vision President and CEO Bove. “He and the entire SCCA Pro Racing technical staff are working well together in the transition to Geoff Carter. While interviewing numerous candidates for the next Competition Director, I was mindful of the importance this position plays for our competitors and to future growth. Geoff has spent a lot of time in his career leading racing teams and has seen the motorsports business from all sides, from fabrication to engineering management.”