One of Australasia's most decorated motorsport exports has been appointed by the V8 Supercars Commission as its new chairman. New Zealander Steve Horne takes over from inaugural Commission Chairman Mark Skaife, who is moving into a strategic role with V8 Supercars.
Horne will be joined on the Commission by Neil Crompton, who has been appointed as the Independent Commissioner, replacing Chris Lambden in the Independent role.
Horne, a long-time team manager and championship winning team owner in the CART Indy car series, worked his way from mechanic to a race team owner of 25 years, with 95 race wins and 14 championships in U.S. racing. He went on to establish his own IndyCar team, Tasman Motorsports Group, which still holds the record for the most wins in Indy Lights history.
"I am delighted the Commission has appointed Steve and Neil to these important positions for the sport," V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said. "Steve is the ideal successor to Mark who has taken the Commission through its' first two years with great passion, success and professionalism.
"The role of Commission Chairman needs to be an independent, strong and robust leader. They need to effectively manage the Commission and its process, make the tough decisions, broker compromise where required and be a good communicator. Steve has all of these traits."
"I view this role as continuing the great work already done by Mark and the Commission," Horne said. "I want to provide a sounding board for key players' thoughts and ideas, to make strong and sensible decisions and bring a strategic thought process to those key decision-making moments."