Indy Racing League loses key cog in Tony Cotman

January 11, 2010
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Tony Cotman, 42, has vacated his post as Indy Racing League vice president of competition. The much-respected Cotman will continue to consult for the open-wheel series, but he will no longer work for the IRL full-time.

Instead, Cotman has decided to launch his own enterprise, NZR Consulting, where he will design and build race tracks. Cotman said with the IRL moving to more road and street racing, this is the perfect time to start this new firm.

Let’s hope Cotman’s move isn’t interpreted as another mate jumping off a sinking ship.

It’s a painful time for the IRL to lose a man, one of the few in their stable, who has the ability to unite the IRL regime with the old guard of Champ Car. He seemed to have the confidence of car owners, track operators and other IRL constituencies. Cotman was hired by former IRL boss Tony George in 2008 after Cotman had spent four years overseeing racing for Champ Car.

Currently, Cotman is spending most of his time in Brazil helping design the course for the IRL’s March 14 race in San Paulo.

Cotman said he became interested in track design and construction because he often caught flack at Champ Car races when he often had little input into the track’s design.

Here’s hoping Cotman’s experience serves the IRL well. And now that Cotman will be serving multiple customers (and his attention will no doubt be diffuse), here’s hoping the IRL maintains someone on staff full-time that knows at least as much about track design and racing as Cotman.

 

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  • Success!
    Anthony writes: Itâ??s a painful time for the IRL to lose a man, one of the few in their stable, who has the ability to unite the IRL regime with the old guard of Champ Car.

    Cotman? please...

    I thought you had a better grasp on this situation, man. Nothing will bring the CCWS fans to the IRL - NOTHING. Even tony george ran away from this train wreck. As the IMS money dries up, so does the hapless IRLeege, and there goes car count...GdF couldn't find sponsors, and McDs is gone among others. Car count is at a critical point, and with Penske and Target domination, why even bother? 10 year old spec cars on foreign streets unavailable for most of the civilized world to view? Yep, that's where the money will flow. dumbclucks!

    The Leeege can't stand on its own, and ESPN knew that. So, might as well just burn the thing down and start over. Or just face the inevitable - Tony killed the sport.
  • Glug glug glug
    "Letâ??s hope Cotmanâ??s move isnâ??t interpreted as another mate jumping off a sinking ship."

    Why? That's exactly what it is.

    The earl staffing w/ someone who knows as much as Cotman? Bwa ha ha. Maybe the ever brilliant Bri will come to the rescue.

    Omg, my sides hurt from laughing so hard.

    The 'league' of fail.

    code = g6xf4
  • More facts Anthony
    There are a lot more FACTS you left out, like....Cotman will perform his same duties for the IRL at ALL 17 races this year, the fact that he is STILL the Cheif steward of the IRL Firestone Indy Lights series, and the fact that one of the reasons for starting a design company is to design the new Baltimore and Gillette stadium tracks for potential new Izod Indy Car races.....Also can you please be more professional and call the series by its' new correct name the Izod Indycar Series....The IRL is just the sanctioning body that oversees everything, like Nascar is over the Sprint Cup series
  • Izod Indycar Series
    it's just three words
  • VW OUT
    IRl IS SYNONOMUS with failure, destruction and Ameri-centric oval visionaryism.

    VW just said "NO" to the IRL. The AOW fanbase said so too.

    I suggest the IRL moniker be dropped...looks what it's done so far? Why wait?
  • Izod Indycar Series
    Correction Chief: VW just said NO to the Izod Indycar Series.

    And we all had high hopes that a simple name change would fix everything
  • I stand corrected
    Coyne landed mega sponsor BSA (Boys Scouts Of America) so IRL power marches on! Let's hope they don't have Direct TV.
  • Agast
    You mean I am now a sponsor of an Izod Indycar Series team. Well, I must reassess my donations for this year.
  • 134 days and COUNTING
    While sports networks in general have increased households to as many as 100 Million HH, VERSUS has DROPPED to 63 HH in the USA for 2010. This due to the fact Versus was dropped by satellite TV GIANT Direct TV.

    Direct TV, former sponsor of the IZOD Indycar Series has remain a holdout in the programming war, now in it's 134th day. With the IRL season looming, this must be a serious strain on teams seeking sponsorship. Eh?
  • 325?
    The new crapwagon has only 325 hp? Oh dear lord this gets better every day.
  • Barnhart Petition
    Fans of IRL are petitioning the IMS to fire Brian Barnhart! Loosely based on the sloth-like decision making at the speedway for lack of ways to save the sport.

    Nimble is as nimble does. And they only spent $250+ million to get the sport in this great shape. I say sell it, it'll be cheaper in the long run.
  • It's TOneys Fault
    TOney GEorge just rezigned his board seat. Good riddance you loser.

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