BRASELTON, Ga. (May 14, 2001) -- Veteran motorsports executive Dennis Huth has joined the Panoz Motor Sports Group in a newly-created dual role that will include becoming President of Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc., as well as involvement in the Trans-Am Series. The Panoz Motor Sports Group includes many of the motorsports holdings of Don Panoz. Huth, who was a key executive at NASCAR during its explosive growth in the 90s, will execute day to day operations of SPORTS CAR, the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series and several other road racing series. In addition, Huth will have direct oversight of the Trans-Am Series, the oldest road racing series in America. Last year, Panoz and Florida businessman Ralph Sanchez acquired the operating rights for the Trans-Am Series, with Panoz becoming chairman.
"The appointment of Dennis Huth is a function of the remarkable growth of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, and is a highly-significant addition to our team," said Panoz. "He brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new roles within our organization and this further confirms our commitment to build and develop the Trans-Am Series and Professional Sports Car Racing."
"I am very excited about the challenge and opportunity I have been presented," said Huth. "I see the same potential and commitment from Don Panoz in the Professional Sports Car Racing organization and Trans-Am that I saw 20 years ago with the France family and NASCAR."
"Having worked closely with Dennis in the past, I am well aware of his ability to successfully organize and administrate numerous projects simultaneously," said Scott Atherton, President and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group. "That was clearly in evidence by the number of NASCAR touring series that reported to him in his previous position.
"He brings invaluable experience as a sanctioning body executive that both Trans-Am and SPORTS CAR can benefit from," Atherton said. "The fact that he was responsible for the entire points and membership department of NASCAR is a prime example. The process of bringing him on board has been ongoing for several months and we are very pleased to be able to make this announcement."
Professional Sports Car Racing, Inc., located in Clearwater, Fla., is the premier sanctioning body for sports car racing in North America. Established in 1969 (as the International Motor Sports Association), SPORTS CAR organizes and officiates professional road racing competitions. Huth will work closely with SPORTS CAR Managing Director Doug Robinson.
"SPORTS CAR has done an incredible job with the American Le Mans Series and is the mortar that holds together the European and Asia Pacific Le Mans Series as well," said Atherton. "It has become critically important to expand the sophistication and reach of the organization in order to take full positive advantage of numerous other sanctioning opportunities that are available. We feel that Dennis will be a tremendous catalyst for the growth of SPORTS CAR."
Huth will work closely with Trans-Am Series Executive Director John Clagett on series operations, as well as working toward series growth and expansion.
Huth was an executive with NASCAR for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as Vice-President of Touring Series and International Development until early 2000. He helped to launch the successful NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995 and the NASCAR Northwest Tour in 1987. In addition, he helped spearhead the growth of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, bringing many weekly race tracks under NASCAR sanction. He started with the organization as Northwest Field Manager in 1982.
Prior to joining NASCAR, Huth operated weekly race tracks, including tracks in Portland and Medford, Ore., and several in California. A native of Oakland, Calif., he resides in Ormond Beach, Fla., with his wife, Jeanne, and their two children.