The senior leadership team and overall organizational structure for International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) and the new United SportsCar Racing (USCR) series was confirmed Wednesday today, continuing the spirit of cooperation that has marked the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series.
The inaugural USCR season will begin next January with the season-opening, 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, under IMSA sanctioning. The senior leadership team will be comprised of the following:
· Ed Bennett – chief executive officer
· Scott Atherton – president and chief operating officer
· Richard Buck – vice president, racing operations
· Scot Elkins – vice president, competition and technical regulations
· David Pettit – vice president, marketing
“These changes are designed to help us achieve our goals for the remainder of this year and beyond, as we move into the era of a new International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and United SportsCar Racing,” said Bennett.
“Our senior leadership group brings a wealth of collective experience and expertise to the table. Just as important, though, is the finalizing of the overall full-time staff integration plan between the two entities. We feel that these moves are consistent with the spirit and commitment of a true merger, and also are conducive to maximizing synergy with NASCAR, an important element to our efforts moving forward.”
For the remainder of this year, Bennett will continue as Grand-Am's president and CEO, while Atherton will continue as president and CEO of ALMS.
In addition, IMSA and USCR will continue to be guided by a board of directors that includes Bennett and Atherton, with Grand-Am founder Jim France serving as chairman and ALMS founder Don Panoz the vice chairman. Other board members are NASCAR Vice Chairwoman and Executive Vice President Lesa France Kennedy; and NASCAR Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Karen Leetzow.