Change of Leadership at Porsche Motorsport North America; Uwe Brettel Named New President as Alwin Springer Retires Atlanta -- November 10 - Alwin Springer, 60, will hand his position as President of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) to...
Change of Leadership at Porsche Motorsport North America; Uwe Brettel Named New President as Alwin Springer Retires
Atlanta -- November 10 - Alwin Springer, 60, will hand his position as President of Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) to his successor Uwe Brettel, 38, as of January 1, 2004.
Since 1997, Alwin Springer, born in Essen, Germany, has directed the activities of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG subsidiary based in Santa Ana, California. Uwe Brettel, who holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering, headed the Porsche Makes Cup Organization (Supercup and Carrera Cup) until the end of 2002.
Springer, for whom the recent weekend at the final round of the American Le Mans Series in Atlanta was the last in his current position, shaped and promoted Porsche motorsport not only through exclusive retailing and servicing of Porsche racing sportscars and parts in the USA as well as Canada, but also played a central role in US motorsport organizations and belonged to those who molded the sport in the world's largest market for Porsche. His efficient working style combined with strong ethics and distinct ive originality made him - and Porsche Motorsport North America - an institution.
Employed as a consultant to PMNA since 1990, Springer not only became the principal to many race drivers but, most of all, became their confidante and friend. His far-reaching connections earned him the reputation as "Porsche's motorsport ambassador" to the USA.
Alwin Springer has been closely linked to Porsche motorsport in the USA since 1969 when he took over the responsibility for Porsche racing vehicles with the Californian dealer, Vasek Polak. In 1975 Springer together with Arnold Wagner and Dieter Inzenhofer founded Andial, an enterprise specializing in the preparation and running of Porsche race cars and engines. In a five-year period from 1984, Porsche's 962 cars won 50 IMSA races with engines tuned by Andial.
Under the direction of Alwin Springer, production-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and GT3 RS cars have been successfully competing since the end of the nineties with customer teams. 2003 began with an overall win of a 911 against considerably more powerful proto types at the Daytona 24 Hour race in February. In September, Porsche customers supported by works drivers secured the GT championship of the American Le Mans Series for the second year in a row.
Since May 1, 2003, Brettel - a Porsche employee since 1995 - has held the position of vice-president of PMNA.
"Alwin is handing me a well-established role. I hope to add a few new areas of emphasis," said Brettel.
Uwe Brettel took over as head of the international Porsche Michelin Supercup in 1996 and one year later Porsche also gave him the added responsibility of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. He successfully managed both one-make series until the end of 2002 and furthermore organized the factory entry at Le Mans in 1997 and 1998.