WILTON, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2006) -- The American GT Series today announced the appointment of Tony Febles as Chief Operations Officer. Febles has served as the series Race Director.

AGT founder Woodson Duncan said Febles brings a wealth of experience to the position and the promotion will benefit the series.

"Tony's vision for our future and his practical experience within the industry will be important to us," Duncan said. "He has driven racecars, worked on them and, as a series administrator, understands the challenges all series face."

After finishing the Mathematics/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering programs at Tulane University, Febles eventually decided to take charge of a business owned by his family, which is in the high-performance automotive field.

Febles was part of the crew for his father's race team, Diego Febles Racing, in the old IMSA series. The car won the GTO class in the 24 Hours of Daytona and finished second in the series standings in 1978. Tony Febles later served as crew chief for the team and won several victories in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. His most significant win as crew chief was in the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring, when the team again won the GTO class.

He experienced racing from the driver's seat as well 1989-2000, when he won national championships in Formula IV (1996 and 1997) and two GTU National Championships (1991 and 1993). Febles was the runner-up in the Marlboro Caribbean Championship in the GTU class in 1989.

Tony Febles revamped road racing in Puerto Rico in 1993 after it collapsed two years earlier. He fashioned a full season of racing, including an international race, and developed major sponsorships for the season. He has been the FIA-Puerto Rico Technical Director and a member of the NACAM Technical Committee (1993-96), a logistics and technical advisor for the Marlboro GT of the Americas (1994-1996) and the FIA-PR Treasurer and Technical Director (1999-2001). He became a FIA certified Race Director/Chief Steward in 2005 and is a member of the Technical and Safety committees for NACAM.

Tony and his wife Laura live in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with their five children and are the volunteer coordinating couple for the region, with the Couple to Couple League International ( a non-profit organization that helps couples in their marriage.

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