Cotter to lead New Jersey F1 organisation

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.

14 thoughts on “Cotter to lead New Jersey F1 organisation

  1. Hi Joe!

    Time to thank you again for writing this extremely informative blog!

    I imagine you wrote “in 2014” instead of 2013 deliberately – are there any problems with the “Grand Prix of America” that we don’t know about yet?

  2. We need more F1 bigwigs named “Humpy”. It would make the days so much brighter to read stories about, say, Red Bull svengali Dr. Humpy Marko.

    1. I absolutely agree. I think that Bernie Ecclestone should be known to the world as The Bernard or Mr E (Oh, he already is…). Christian Horner should be known as “Little Jack” because of his innocent “Gosh!” kind of nature… and Adrian Newey would be “Brains”. Martin Whitmarsh would have to be “Mr Smiley” and Ron Dennis, Ronzo of McLarenello. Luca Montezemolo should be nicknamed “Lupi” – because of his vulpine grin (this is an Italian pun, not a slur on the the Italian nation), Eric Boullier should be called “Booboo” because of his general cuddly nature and Franz Tost should be renamed “French”. Norbert Haug would just have to be “Boss” and Ross Brawn would thus acquire the nickname Dook… I guess that Adam Parr of Williams would have to be “Chutz” and I think there is much scope for a competition to find a nickname for Vijay Mallya.

      Yeehah!

    2. I absolutely agree. I think that Bernie Ecclestone should be known to the world as The Bernard or Mr E (Oh, he already is…). Christian Horner should be known as “Little Jack” because of his innocent “Gosh!” kind of nature… and Adrian Newey would be “Brains”. Martin Whitmarsh would have to be “Mr Smiley” and Ron Dennis, Ronzo of McLarenello. Luca Montezemolo should be nicknamed “Lupi” – because of his vulpine grin (this is an Italian pun, not a slur on the the Italian nation), Eric Boullier should be called “Booboo” because of his general cuddly nature and Franz Tost should be renamed “French”. Norbert Haug would just have to be “Boss” and Ross Brawn would thus acquire the nickname Dook… I guess that Adam Parr of Williams would have to be “Chutz” and I think there is much scope for a competition to find a nickname for Vijay Mallya.

      Yeehah!

      1. “I think there is much scope for a competition to find a nickname for Vijay Mallya”

        Maybe Payya?

        1. I like Sniff Petrols “Friendly Skeleton” nickname for Martin Whitmarsh. Incidently his Twitter feed of the races is well worth reading as they offer a few laughs.

      2. I remember reading an article somewhere about the great nicknames the Lotus mechanics all seemed to have in the seventies, Angel and monkey being two I remember, I hope this still happens, how about “The Invisible Man” for Jean Todt, meant in a good way!

  3. Cotter also has a bit of minor fame in the U.S. vintage race community as the guy who brought a Morris Minor to Sebring for a 12 Hour weekend, somehow memorializing the Minor’s attempt at LeMans, back in the era of “petrol” and “gudgeon pins”.

    I still have the poster Cotter did for Sebring that year (SVRA, but a bit fuzzy on the memory right now)

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