The US Rotax Max Challenge has announced the 2010 US Rotax Grand Nationals Race Management Team. There are new faces and some old faces in different positions for the July 13-17 event at New Castle Motorsports Park in Indiana. At the top as the Race Director for this year’s event is Canadian Ian ‘Fred’ Causer.
“A well known figure north of the border his qualifications are very impressive,” states Marshall Martin US Rotax Program Director. “After some recommendations I had the opportunity to talk with Fred and realized he was the right person for the job.”
A retired racer in the early 1990s, Fred was invited by the UK MSA to become one of the first kart racing instructors, trained and licensed in the UK to instruct and examine new kart racers when the new national license system was started. He then spent 3 years every weekend training thru the British Motor Sports Association Officials licensing program to obtain a Clerk of the Course rating thru by the UK MSA Head Steward. Each year he returns to the UK for additional training and testing to maintain this rating. Fred is also the Owner of Top Gear Race Management, a professional training school for Clerk of the Course and Race Marshals. He also provides race support to the area kart racers.
There will be 11 spots on America’s Team headed to Italy in November for the Rotax Grand Finals so the officiating at this event must be the best available. Joining Fred as Assistant Race Directors are Rick Hall, a veteran of 4 Rotax Grand Nationals, and well known karting veteran Terry Riggins. Terry’s credentials include his own series the Great Lakes Pro Series, SKUSA, Rock Island Grand Prix, Anderson Street Race and the Elkhart Grand Prix. Working off the track on the Scrutineering will be Rotax National Tech Director Don Moormeister with the assistance of Texan Rick Miller and from the Denver area Josh Smith.
That’s the competition side and on the support side will be a familiar face in the Parc Ferme barn Kathy Dubois. In Scoring are Eric Messervey, another Texas native, and Ali Long from Northern Indiana.
“Each year the Grand Nationals continues to grow and with it the need for quality people. With the Grand Finals spots on the line for several classes and championships for others our goal is to wear everyone out with the intense competition and to have all of our customers going home making plans for next year,” continued Martin. “Following the Grand Nationals competitors will return to their local series to continue the battle for Series Championships and in December, we will crown the Top-10 in each of the classes for the National Points Championship chase. While the US Rotax Grand Nationals is the crowning jewel of the series it only marks the half way point of the season with plenty of racing left and championships to be decided.”