INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 4, 2001) - Co-owner and Managing Director Tom Anderson announced today that motorsports veteran Bob Adie has assumed the role of team manager as Fernández Racing prepares for its second season of competition in the CART FedEx Championship Series. Adie will work alongside Anderson in the day-to-day running of the 40-member operation.
Known to many by the nickname "Buckwheat," Adie has been involved in motorsports since the mid '70s in a variety of formulas in addition to Champ Cars, including Formula 5000, Formula Atlantic and IMSA. The 48-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, native most recently served as sub-assembly shop manager for Player's/Forsythe Racing. He worked with Anderson from 1993 through 1999 at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, where he managed the sub-assembly shop.
"Looking back on the first year of operations, you have to look at the deficiencies and assess the areas that you are least successful in order to become a stronger, healthier team for the second year," noted Anderson. "One area that we were distracted in was the team manager position. As these teams become larger and more complicated, it takes more pieces to be successful. Basically last year we took the team manager job description and split it amongst four people ^Ö [team coordinator] Jeff McComb, the two chief mechanics, Dan Miller and Steve Ragan, and myself.
"I think by adding a person with over 25 years of experience in motor racing brings a lot of credibility to the job, and Bob Adie will certainly bring that with his knowledge of the industry. I look forward to not only getting things out of my area and into Bob's, but I know that Jeff, Steve and Dan will welcome the additional help as well."
"First of all, it's great to be back with Tom again," said Adie. "Having worked with him for seven years, we already have a rapport established which makes this transition easier. I am looking forward to the challenges of this position and to helping the team achieve its goals next season."
Fernández Racing is co-owned by Adrián Fernández, Anderson and noted race engineer Don Halliday, who recently joined the team as technical director after guiding Kenny Brack to a second-place finish in the championship this season. The team will field Honda-powered Lolas for Fernández, the only driver/owner in the current CART field, and Japanese talent Shinji Nakano, who returns to Fernández Racing for his third season of Champ Car competition.