Tim Mayer named COO of ALMS

Tim Mayer has been named Chief Operating Officer of the American Le Mans Series. Braselton, Ga. - The American Le Mans Series announced today that Tim Mayer has been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In his new role Mayer...

Tim Mayer has been named Chief Operating Officer of the American Le Mans Series.

Braselton, Ga. - The American Le Mans Series announced today that Tim Mayer has been named Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In his new role Mayer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Series, including managing Series staff, working with race tracks and event promoters, and other administrative functions. Mayer also will remain as COO of IMSA.

"I am both honored and proud to be charged with the day-to-day operations of this world-class organization," Mayer said. "The American Le Mans Series and IMSA both stand for excellence in professional sports car racing, and both organizations are adding to that history for 2006. Seeing such a fantastic season opener at Sebring, I know that this is an exciting time to be part of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA."

Scott Atherton will continue in his position as President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series, overseeing all its operations while working to strengthen relationships with manufacturers, teams and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), among others. His focus, however, will shift to directly managing the other holdings within the Panoz Motor Sports Group. Most notable is Elan Motorsports Technologies (EMT), which will be the exclusive provider of the 2007 Champ Car World Series chassis and two classes of chassis for the new IMSA Lites series.

"EMT's production of the next-generation Champ Car World Series chassis, a landmark venture for a North American auto company, is just one of many examples of major projects that are requiring unprecedented resources and management," Atherton said. "All of our companies are growing at rapid rates and as a result require a lot of time and attention. We have no complaints though as this is exactly the vision Dr. Don Panoz had when he set out to establish such a prestigious collection of motorsports holdings.

"This is a move that makes sense for everyone involved with the American Le Mans Series and IMSA," Atherton added. "Tim has done an excellent job in his current role, and IMSA has grown and evolved greatly since he joined us in 2003. This promotion will allow us to achieve a greater level of synergy than we have ever had between the two organizations. This will enable us to manage the administration and operations of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA under a single point of direction, which will be good for our staffs, our race teams, manufacturers and corporate partners."

Mayer, who held the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army, joined IMSA in December 2003. He has worked in many facets of the racing business and was associated with CART from 1997 until August of 2003, serving as Vice President of Race Operations and later as Vice President of Promoter Operations. His father, Teddy Mayer, established Team McLaren with Bruce McLaren and later worked with Penske Racing. Tim Mayer started his career managing business interests of former world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

"This is an important year for the American Le Mans Series," Mayer said. "We are seeing a huge surge in interest from manufacturers, corporate partners and world-class entrants. Much of that is a credit to Scott's leadership and attention to detail. I look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the American Le Mans Series staff on keeping the Series going upward where it belongs."

American Le Mans Series clarification note:

The recent promotion of Tim Mayer as Chief Operating Officer to the American Le Mans Series executive staff has not resulted in any other changes within the Panoz Motor Sports Group. Scott Atherton remains President and Chief Executive Officer of both the American Le Mans Series and the Panoz Motor Sports Group (PMSG), a position Atherton has held since 2003.

David Bowes remains Chief Executive Officer of Elan Motorsports Technologies. Atherton will continue to oversee all of the motorsports holdings of Don Panoz while Bowes will continue to be directly responsible for Elan Motorsports Technologies. Mayer continues with his duties as COO for IMSA in addition to his new role with the American Le Mans Series.

The Panoz Motor Sports Group is comprised of the American Le Mans Series, IMSA, Elan Motorsports Technologies, Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta, Mosport International Raceway, Panoz Racing School and Panoz Racing Series.

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Series ALMS , IMSA Others
Drivers Emerson Fittipaldi , Don Panoz
Teams Team Penske