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World Manufacturers' Council formed

WORLD MANUFACTURERS' COUNCIL FOR NORTH AMERICA 27 June, 1997 TAMPA, Fla. (June 26, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) announced today the formation of a World Manufacturers' Council for North America. "This is an important step ...

WORLD MANUFACTURERS' COUNCIL FOR NORTH AMERICA 27 June, 1997

TAMPA, Fla. (June 26, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) announced today the formation of a World Manufacturers' Council for North America. "This is an important step toward common rules worldwide," said Alwin Springer, Director of Motorsports for Porsche Cars North America. "This is a great opportunity to build a bridge between the FIA and North America," said Mark Scott of Riley and Scott. The Council will be the decision-making body that will direct sports car racing in North America and will influence the FIA on worldwide issues.

The World Manufacturers' Council provides a forum for discussion and input to SportsCar and GT rules. "The Council will provide direct input to the newly-formed North American GT and SportsCar Commissions and will be a powerful resource to create solutions to issues affecting rules stabilityand cost containment," said Lee Carducci of Chrysler Corporation, who also serves on the FIA Manufacturers' Council. "Through this process, decisions on sporting and technical regulations will not be made in a vacuum, as has been the case in the past and with other sanctioning organizations," said Andrew Evans, President of the Council. "We are very excited about the breadth of participation by manufacturers represented here today," saidDoug Robinson, SportsCar Vice President of Race Operations.

The initial focus of the Council will be the continued development of four series: EuroAmerica World SportsCar Challenge, The Americas' World SportsCar Championship, SportsCar GT Championship (GTS-1 and GTS-2) and SportsCar GT Challenge Cup (GTS-3). "Through these series, manufacturers will have a place to race the technology that they sell in their road-going cars," said Joe Negri, GM Motorsports.

"A strong new fan base is developing throughout the world for sports car racing. Manufacturers, television and consumer-brand companies are joining together to make a terrific package for our sports car fans in 1998 and beyond," added Evans. "This is an exciting time for sports car racing, and common rules with the rest of the world will only make a good situation better," commented Erik Wensberg, M Brand Manager of BMW of North America.

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