One of the series' major assets is out, as today Tony Cotman resigned as Champ Car's Executive Vice President of Operations and Race Director. Cotman will be influential in finding his replacement. During a four-year period with the series, the...
One of the series' major assets is out, as today Tony Cotman resigned as Champ Car's Executive Vice President of Operations and Race Director. Cotman will be influential in finding his replacement.
During a four-year period with the series, the 40-year-old New Zealander was both well-liked and well-respected among the drivers and teams, an occasionally harsh but usually fair chief steward. Prior to that, Cotman had spent a fifteen-year period with Team Green before the merge with Andretti in the CART (Champ Car) series and then with Andretti Green Racing in the IndyCar Series, as a mechanic and later in a managerial role.
Cotman's managerial skills earned him the backing of the Champ Car community in a number of different areas this past season, namely in terms of instituting standing starts and overseeing rules decisions.
Rumors had abounded as early as Elkhart Lake in August, the series' eventual last U.S. race of the maligned 2007 season, that Cotman was being elevated to a position where he would be destined to fail and be forced into such a situation as has arisen today. Alas, given his relative youth but experience, Cotman expects to stay in racing.
"I don't have anything lined up yet but hopefully I can go somewhere and contribute and make a difference," he told Robin Miller of SPEEDtv. "I'm only 40 years old, I'm not ready to quit racing yet."
The series' first official pre-season test, where only two drivers have been officially confirmed and another all but announced given his long-standing devotion to the series, will be held February 2-4 at Sebring. With still another three months before the season opener in Long Beach, which will be shown tape-delayed on U.S. television, one wonders how much more news of this sort will trickle out of Indianapolis -- home base of the Champ Car World Series.