Mathers Named AMA Pro Racing Road Race Operations Manager

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
We just received this rather significant press release from the AMA:

AMA Pro Racing announced today the addition of Gary Mathers in the capacity of Operations Manager for the AMA Chevy TrucksU.S. Superbike Championship.

In this role, Mathers' responsibilities will encompass the planning, budgeting and field operations for all AMA Pro Racing road-raceevents. More specifically, the Operations Manager attends each event, and directs the activities of all AMA operations staff,including full-time, part-time and volunteer staff, plus local labor hired for the event. Mathers' responsibilities also include interfacingwith racing teams, track operators and promoters to ensure the smooth operation of each event...

Gary Mathers comes to AMA Pro Racing with a deep background in motorcycling and professional motorsports competition, as aracer initially and, more notably, as a team manager. He began his motorcycle racing career aboard a BSA 650 dirt-tracker, and in1975 Mathers transitioned into race team management with Kawasaki, eventually heading up their motorcycle road racing andmotocross teams.

In 1985, Mathers joined American Honda in the capacity of race team manager, overseeing their burgeoning flat-track, road racingand motocross teams. The leadership experience and working knowledge of corporate structures that Mathers gained during his longtenure with two major motorcycle manufacturers will serve him well in his capacity of Operations Manager.

Since entering the world of race team management, Mathers' teams won a remarkable 76 national motorcycle and snowmobilechampionships, and never failed to win at least one championship every year -- an enviable record that makes him the winningestteam manager in the motorcycle industry. This impressive racing résumé makes Gary Mathers uniquely qualified to enter his newposition with AMA Pro Racing.

Mathers stated, "I'm flattered that AMA Pro Racing would consider me for this position, and I am anxious to begin in this newcapacity. I know that my race team background will help me understand the needs of teams, sponsors, promoters and manufacturers.This is a time of growth for AMA Pro Racing and the road-racing community as a whole. Road racing is maturing as a sport, and it'stime for road racing to take a higher profile in the public eye."

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