CHAMPCAR/CART: Australia's General Manager resigns

James Ashworth has tendered his resignation as General Manager for the Lexmark Indy 300, and Director of IMG Motorsport. James O'Brien, in his role of Event Director, will oversee the Event on a daily basis until the Board confirms a full-time...

James Ashworth has tendered his resignation as General Manager for the Lexmark Indy 300, and Director of IMG Motorsport.

James O'Brien, in his role of Event Director, will oversee the Event on a daily basis until the Board confirms a full-time replacement.

Ashworth took up the role of General Manager in March last year, and headed up the team working on the 13th annual Event. He leaves the event which had its most successful year in 2003 attracting a crowd of 306,184.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on Queensland's premier event. It has been extremely challenging and rewarding," said Ashworth.

"It was a career highlight to work on last year's Lexmark Indy 300 -- the most successful in its 13-year history, and also to play a part in continuing the future of Champ Car racing.

"The Event is in great shape and has a fantastic team to continue its resounding success. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented group of people."

Ashworth said he will now take time out to focus on his career direction, complete his MBA at Macquarie University and base his family full-time in Sydney.

-www.indy.com.au

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