You may recall us mentioning the possibility of the Long Beach Grand Prix becoming an event on the Formula One calendar last week. The rumor was that Chris Pook and Zak Brown were chatting up the current owners of the Long Beach race but it seems Pook has been busy trying to find a role in the Formula 1 world… this time, he takes aim at New Jersey.
Pook has joined the Formula One Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial executive team as a Special Assistant to the Chairman, Leo Hindery, Jr. He joins an established executive team including YES Network founder Hindery, sports and entertainment veteran Dennis Robinson, and sports marketing and corporate development specialist Dick Goldschmidt. Pook will provide consultation with respect to all aspects of construction, planning and execution of the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial race. As an assistant, maybe he’ll fetch the coffee as well? I think Chris probably makes a mean cup of joe.
“I am happy to be working with Chris again after some 20 years. Chris has a history of great success in Formula One, which I’m confident he’ll bring to the Grand Prix of America race,” Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone said. “We look forward to working with him to bring F1 racing to New Jersey and New York.”
“The F1 Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial just gained another invaluable team member who will ensure the race will be like nothing the region has ever witnessed,” race promoter Hindery said. “Chris is a leader with decades of experience in American motorsports. We are delighted to add someone with his accomplishments and level of expertise to the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial team.”
Pook founded and managed the USA Grand Prix West, which was the first Formula One street circuit race in the United States and later evolved into an annual event in the Formula One World Championship. Pook is the former CEO of the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series in the U.S. and a former member of the board of Dover Motorsports, Inc.
The inaugural Formula One Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial is planned for June 2014. The race will receive no subsidies from either local or state government and is expected to generate more than $100 million in economic benefits for New Jersey and New York each year.