GRAND-AM Road Racing announced this week that veteran road racing official Paul Walter has been named as the organization’s race director, effective immediately.
Walter, who will report to GRAND-AM Managing Director of Competition Richard Buck, also will continue to serve as race director for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, a job he has held since January 2012.
His dual roles will become one in 2014, when the recently merged organizations present a unified series aimed at redefining sports car racing in North America.
Concurrent with his ongoing stint at the ALMS, Walter has been the race director for the USF2000 open-wheel series since January 2010. He will act as Competition Director for USF2000 and the Pro Mazda Championship at non-conflicting events in the upcoming season.
He also served as operations manager for Tasman Motorsports Group/Forsythe Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1996-2001. And he was race director of the Formula BMW Series from 2005-2009; operating steward of the ALMS from 2008-2010; chief steward at Historic Motorsports Productions for the 2011 season; clerk of the course for the inaugural U.S. round of the World Touring Car Championship at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway last September; and deputy clerk of the course for the inaugural Formula One event last November at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
GRAND-AM Managing Director of Racing Operations Mark Raffauf, who formerly also served as GRAND-AM’s race director, will now focus on operational and logistical aspects. He will continue to report to Buck.