Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tony Cotman named 2012 Car/Rules Chief

Tony Cotman, the former chief steward for Champ Car from 2005 – 2008, has been named the rules/technical director for the 2012 IndyCar, according to Speedtv.

Cotman, who will oversee the direction of the 2012 rules for the new generation of IndyCar’s, has experience in a variety of roles for open wheel racing. Cotman most recently has been the chief steward of the Firestone Indy Light Series and has his own consulting company that designs new tracks across North American. Some of the quotes from Speedtv’s article are below.

Tony Cotman Quotes:

“My job is rules, prices and anything to do with the new car,”

“If I don’t like it, I’m going to fix it with the league’s support and I need to start talking to the teams because they need to be part of what is going on.”

“We’ve got to get this cluster under control and my job is to represent the owners and the series,” he said. “We have to make it very clear that Indy car is running the ship, not Dallara, or any other suppliers.

“People need to know how things are going to affect their budget and I’m all for a new car but we’ve got to be smart in doing it. We’ll see what, if anything, is useful from the car we have now than can be carried over.

“And we need to get the engine rules out there so Randy has them when he meets with interested manufacturers.”

Randy Bernard Quotes:

“I’m happy Tony has accepted this job, he’s well respected and a bright guy who has the experience of delivering a new car,” said Bernard.
“His priorities and mine are the same and that is to come up with the best competitive car for 2012.

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