IMSA Bolsters Technical Staff
February 13, 2014 | 5:47 P.M. EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The International Motor Sports Association has added motor sports veterans Scott Raymond and Jeff Mishtawy to key technical roles, and reallocated responsibilities for three current members of the Competition Department.
Raymond, a race- and championship-winning engineer in IndyCar and sports car racing, has been named IMSA Technical Director and will report to Vice President of Competition and Technical Regulations Scot Elkins. Raymond will oversee all technical aspects for the seven IMSA-sanctioned series including the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. He began his new position this week.
Raymond - a native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - won the 2012 IndyCar championship as part of the engineering team for Andretti Autosport and has been a professor of motor sports engineering at Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis since 2011.
Raymond was Performance Engineer for de Ferran Motorsports from 2008-11 with five race victories and eight pole positions in the American Le Mans Series, working with drivers Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud. He was Assistant Race Engineer at Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car World Series for three series championships (2005-07) and 21 race victories.
"An opportunity like this does not come by very often so I’m honored that I’ve been chosen," Raymond said. "I’ve always been a big fan of sports car racing, especially the variety of cars and the fact that strategy is so critical in performing well. I’m particularly excited to work on the new rules coming for 2017. I can’t put into words how wonderful it is to know that I will be a part of shaping the series as we work with our stakeholders to define the future."
Mishtawy will serve as Senior Technical Manager of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, reporting to Raymond. Since September 2007, Mishtawy was Director of Motorsport for Auburn, Alabama-based APR Motorsport, which has won nine Street Tuner class races in Continental Tire Challenge competition.
He also led APR’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series efforts which included a second-place GT result in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona with its Audi R8. As a team leader and chief strategist, Mishtawy owns more than 60 top-10 results in various sports car classes since 2007. Like Raymond, he began working in his new position this week.
"As a competitor in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for the past several years, I developed a firm grasp of the technical rules - and worked tirelessly to find ways around them – which will serve me well in this position," Mishtawy said. "With so many varied makes and models in multiple classes of competition, balancing performance is difficult but not impossible - especially with the team we now have in place."
In addition to the appointments of Raymond and Mishtawy, IMSA also announced new responsibilities for existing Competition staff members. Charlie Cook is now Senior Technical Manager of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Rob Elson is Senior Technical Manager of Single-Make Series for IMSA and Mike Kraemer is now IMSA’s Senior Manager of Electronics. All three will report to Raymond.
"Adding Scott (Raymond) and Jeff (Mishtawy) to our Competition team is huge for us as we look to grow our sport," Elkins said. "Both of them bring tremendous experience to IMSA and there is a great deal of mutual respect among them and our competitors, which is extremely important. Shifting the focus and priorities for Charlie, Rob and Mike allows them and our whole team to play to their strengths."