DETROIT, Jan. 26, 2001 - GM Racing has named Ken Van Every program manager for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing, and Alba Colon as NASCAR program manager for Team Monte Carlo. Colon is one of few women in a managerial role...
DETROIT, Jan. 26, 2001 - GM Racing has named Ken Van Every program manager for National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing, and Alba Colon as NASCAR program manager for Team Monte Carlo. Colon is one of few women in a managerial role in motorsports. Both appointments are effective immediately. General Motors, through the participation of Pontiac, GMC and Chevrolet, is easily the most successful automobile company involved in NHRA racing, having established an undisputed record of excellence. Additionally, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo has the heart and soul of a champion, having won more races and more championships than any other car in the history of NASCAR. Van Every joined General Motors in 1986 when he accepted a position with the Oldsmobile Advance Concepts Group. From 1987-95 he was Oldsmobile motorsports program manager for SCCA and IMSA and then became Chevrolet program manager for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1997. Following a two-year stint there, Van Every became Chevrolet program manager for NASCAR Winston Cup in 1997.
During his 16-year career with GM, Van Every has been a part of nine manufacturer's championships and 11 driver's titles. The 43-year-old Van Every resides in Holt, Mich., with his wife Autumn and their three children, Tonia, Ken and Megan. "I'm excited about my new position, and working with the GM racers and brands that make up our drag racing team," Van Every said. "From a competitive standpoint, there's a tremendous amount of potential in NHRA, plus the opportunity to win championships in Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck. With the introduction of the Cavalier and Grand Am into the series, along with the continued presence of Sonoma, S-10, Firebird and Camaro, it's a challenge I'm looking forward to." Colon began her career with General Motors in 1994 after graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, where she studied mechanical engineering. Colon's original assignment at GM was data acquisition engineer for the Oval Track Group (NASCAR Winston Cup, NASCAR Craftsman Truck, ASA and Busch Grand National). She then took a position as the engineer responsible for the maintenance and testing of the GM Racing Pi data acquisition systems in NHRA. She was named Pro Stock Truck program manager in 1998 and became program manager for all of NHRA drag racing in 1999. Colon has been a part of five manufacturer's titles and five driver's championships. "Working with the GM Racing teams at NHRA has been a wonderful experience and we've been able to achieve a great deal of on-track success," Colon said. "The NASCAR Winston Cup is one of the world's premier racing series, and I'm confident that we can continue the momentum established over the years by Team Monte Carlo." General Motors is easily the most successful automobile company involved in NASCAR racing today, having won 10 of the last 12 Winston Cup driver championships and five out of six Craftsman Truck driver championships. GM, through its Cadillac, Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, Holden, Oldsmobile, Opel, and Vauxhall brands, is involved in motorsport across the globe.