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Atherton to Retire from IMSA

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  1. Devilsolsi

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    I liked Atherton. I hope the next guy does not take us back into the NASCAR mentality Gran Am had. Also don't want some tree hugging electric car loving fool coming in and destroying what we have. This could be good or real bad.
     
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    I am curious who will replace him...promote someone from within or bring on an outsider.
     
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    if it's a NASCAR guy, FIA/ACO guy, or tree hugger guy we're screwed.

    I'd like to see Kyle Novak get the job, he was the support series race director for IMSA before going to Indycar, and has done a great job on the competition side. not sure if he can do the business side like Atherton though.
     
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    That Scott lasted in his role with IMSA this long after the merger (hostile takeover) is a testament
    to his acumen and intellect.

    I've always liked Scott. Met him soon after Panoz brought him on board to run the ALMS and he
    held a presser at Sebring. He's a very engaged guy and without him, sports car racing would have
    been a seriously rudderless ship with all the nonsense NASCAR wanted to inject.

    BHW
     
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    John is a great choice. He's got passion for the sport.

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    agree, he's a great choice. I hope he can make some sense of DPI/P2 and how they interact with WEC.
     
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    Been reading a bit about John Doonan and yes he seems a solid choice to fill the big
    void which will be left by Scott Atherton.

    The initial fear had been that someone from within NASCAR would step into the role but
    it seems level heads have prevailed.

    BHW
     
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    His big challenge ahead is to secure a good TV package that will increase viewership and grow the brand. We endured a few years of terrible coverage of the races. Sure don't want to revisit that again
     
  11. GuyIncognito

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    sadly, for endurance sports car racing, the package they have now with NBC is as good as it's going to get.

    far too niche of a sport with too many hours of coverage needed to do much else.

    general lack of partners or sponsors willing to pay for commercials doesn't help.

    (btw, I think there's 4 or 5 years left on the NBC contract)
     
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    I’m hard pressed to think of anyone better than Doonan for the job. Naturally, I don’t know everyone that might have been considered, but speaking from a fan perspective, what better choice than having a dyed in the wool passionate racer leading the series?

    I believe John Doonan will have a lot of the same goals as I do when it comes to the sport itself, and I am absolutely chuffed to have him there.
     

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