CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton event appoints new President/GM

Jim Haskins appointed new President/GM of Edmonton's Grand Prix Edmonton, Alberta. Ric Forest, Board Chair, today announced the appointment of Jim Haskins as the new President and General Manager of the Grand Prix of Edmonton. In making his...

Jim Haskins appointed new President/GM of Edmonton's Grand Prix Edmonton, Alberta. Ric Forest, Board Chair, today announced the appointment of Jim Haskins as the new President and General Manager of the Grand Prix of Edmonton. In making his announcement, Forest said: "Our Board is delighted to introduce Jim Haskins as our permanent General Manager. We conducted a thorough search and considered many worthwhile candidates.

Jim excited us because of his record in managing complex operations, his promotional skills, his strong commitment to Edmonton and his passion for racing." Haskins' appointment follows a period of nine months in which Ernie Pasemko served as Acting General Manager. Ric Forest paid tribute to Pasemko's "tireless efforts on our behalf. Ernie always made it clear that when the time was right for the Grand Prix, he needed to go back to his successful advertising agency career in Edmonton."

In accepting the appointment, Jim Haskins said "clearly, part of the attraction is the impact the Grand Prix has had on Edmonton and the way this community has embraced the race. But I would not have accepted this job if I did not believe I could add something to the Grand Prix. I particularly want to build sponsorship support because it is obvious across North America that corporate sponsorship is pivotal to the success of motor sport. I know the race in Edmonton will be even more spectacular in the years to come." -

-credit: gp edmonton

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