Tom Cotter (57) has been named as the President of the organisation that will; run the Grand Prix of America, on the streets of Weehawken and West New York in New Jersey in 2014. The race will have the New York City skyline as a backdrop. Cotter is a New Yorker who began his motorsport career working for Humpy Wheeler at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1985. Four years later he set up his own public relations agency, called the Cotter Group, which grew to be the biggest such organisation at the time, with clients such as Lowe’s, UPS, NASCAR and Mercedes-Benz. He sold the business to Clear Channel Communications (which, ironically, was then owned by Red McCombs, the man who has been funding the F1 race in Austin, Texas). The company was later dissolved.
Cotter opted for a calmer life and became an author of automotive books, while also serving as the co-chairman of the celebrated Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Cotter was chosen by Wheeler, who is a consultant to the New Jersey event, and father-in-law of Leo Hindery Jr, the man who put together the deal with Bernie Ecclestone.
Hindery has also announced that former New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority CEO Dennis Robinson will be the chief operations officer for the Grand Prix.