CHAMPCAR/CART: CART announces 2003 staff restructuring

Champ Car announces staff restructuring, new hires and promotions. * Technology & Competition restructured under Chris Kneifel and John Anderson * Tim Mayer assigned to International Event Operations * North American Promoter Operations ...

Champ Car announces staff restructuring, new hires and promotions.

* Technology & Competition restructured under Chris Kneifel and John Anderson

* Tim Mayer assigned to International Event Operations

* North American Promoter Operations restructured

* Lingner Group Productions to oversee all Television Operations

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 27, 2003) - Addressing a key component of Champ Car's strategic business plan and vision for 2003 and beyond, CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook announced today a restructuring of the organization's headquarters staff that includes several reassignments, new hires and promotions.

The changes - that number 18 in total - include a complete restructuring of the Champ Car competition and racing operations division, establishment of a year-round manager for International Event Operations, a revamped Promoter Operations department, outsourcing of all CART-related television operations, the inclusion of Toyota Atlantic Championship public relations to the headquarters staff and at least one new hire, staff reassignment or promotion in five of CART's six departments (Racing Operations, Marketing, Communications, Promoter Operations and Finance).

"These changes complete a process that began immediately after the conclusion of the 2002 season and were designed to streamline the staff while at the same time, helping establish a base of experience that will lead the series into the future," Pook said. "The process was expanded when new COO David Clare arrived, and helped us build a team that has the capacity to respond quickly and efficiently to any situation."

Under the departmental leadership of Vice President of Racing Operations John Lopes, the Technology Department and its Director, Lee Dykstra adds a strong new member and is bolstered by the addition of former Team Green standout John Anderson. In his new role as Sr. Manager of Technology, Anderson will oversee all technical inspection functions, pit lane officiating, rules formulation, team liaison and contributions in Race Control. Chief Steward Chris Kneifel heads up a Competition Department that has added Beaux Barfield, who brings years of experience to the position of Sr. Manager of Competition. The former F2000 Steward will assist the Chief Steward in all functions, including Support Series as well as in a completely restructured Race Control, and will also handle the volunteer program. Tony Kester joins the Champ Car World Series as a steward while Manager of Competition Services Denise Swintal will undertake many new duties.

Another significant development of the restructuring is that International Event Operations will now fall under the management of Tim Mayer. The former CART Vice President of Promoter Operations will now be responsible for all business and promoter related issues for overseas Champ Car races. Mayer, who continues as a contractor in a relationship with CART that began in 1997, will be CART's agent for the Champ Car World Series events at Brands Hatch, EuroSpeedway and Surfers Paradise.

The North American Promoter Operations division will now fall under the joint management of Rena Shanaman, Chuck Martinez and Shelly Shafer. Shanaman, Vice President of Joint Venture Operations, will manage six races and oversee the Race Manager program while Martinez, Vice President and General Manager of Grand Prix Americas, will join with Shanaman to add three events to his initial duties - which began last year in running the Grand Prix Americas in Miami. Shafer has been promoted to Director of Promoter Operations and will be responsible for all externally-operated events.

Champ Car television operations has also been completely restructured with Lingner Group Productions, under the management of President and CEO Terry Lingner. In the new relationship, Lingner will be responsible for all television and video production, satellite uplinks and highlight packages. The Lingner relationship will continue to be managed by CART Vice President of Marketing Steve Fusek while maintaining an operational interface with CART's media relations division under the management of CART Vice President of Communications Adam Saal.

Within the Communications department, Merrill Cain has been promoted to Director of Public Relations and will continue to be the day-to-day manager of all Champ Car media and public relations in addition to managing driver relations. In other Communications department developments, Nate Siebens has been appointed Manager of Toyota Atlantic Championship and Ladder System Public Relations. Siebens, the first full-time Champ Car ladder system PR representative to work at company headquarters, moves to his new post from the former position of CART Creative Services Production Manager. Champ Car's creative efforts will now be managed by Manager of Creative Services Mark Lapid who will also oversee the expansion of the department. Other changes within the Communications division include News Manager Eric Mauk adding Internet operations to his daily duties.

The Finance and Accounting department saw changes with the hiring of Controller Brian Lindsay as well as Joint Venture Controller Gene Cottingham and Manager Anne DeHart, while Accounting associates Shawn Heavner and Lizz Manns were welcomed to the staff.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Chris Kneifel , Tony Kester , John Anderson , David Clare