CHAMPCAR/CART: John Capels elected USAC Chairman of the Board

John Capels of Indianapolis, Ind. has been elected USAC Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert G. Moorhead, who will continue his board tenure as Chairman Emeritus. The announcement came at yesterday's annual USAC Board of Directors Meeting in ...

John Capels of Indianapolis, Ind. has been elected USAC Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert G. Moorhead, who will continue his board tenure as Chairman Emeritus. The announcement came at yesterday's annual USAC Board of Directors Meeting in Indianapolis.

"I am very honored to be elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for USAC," said Capels. "As Chairman, I look forward to new President/CEO Rollie Helmling's leadership of USAC in all of its day-to-day operations. The President/CEO of USAC is in a unique position in that he is "the one" who leads the sanctioning body in its endeavors and will have the continuing support of the Board of Directors at his command."

Capels retired as USAC's President and CEO December 3 after a distinguished 50-year career in motorsports which began as a driver and included stints as a car owner, chief mechanic and team manager. He masterminded the 1971 and 1972 USAC National Championships of driver Joe Leonard and the 1973 and 1974 USAC Dirt Car titles of Al Unser and Mario Andretti. In addition, he scored four victories in 500-mile competition as a team manager for Leonard (1971 Ontario and 1972 Pocono), Pancho Carter (1981 Michigan) and Johnny Rutherford (1986 Michigan).

Moorhead served as USAC's Chairman of the Board since 1982 and has been a USAC Board Member since 1968 and in 1982 he conceived the USAC Winner's Circle Club.

Newly-elected USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling also became a member of the Board of Directors at yesterday's meeting, assuming the post vacated by Henry C. Ryder, who will continue as USAC board secretary and general counsel.

The board reviewed USAC's positive financial report, presented by Treasurer Richard King, and ratified recommendations from USAC's various competition commissions. Included was a mandate for two-way radio communications for USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Cars and a reduction in the minimum weight allowed for Sprint cars on pavement from 1,400 to 1,375 lbs.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar , USAC
Drivers Mario Andretti , Joe Leonard , Pancho Carter , Al Unser