Richard Cregan, former boss for the Abu Dhabi and Russian grands prix, has been appointed to head up an experienced management team for the Miami Grand Prix.
The race at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami is set to join the Formula 1 calendar next year and work is already underway to construct a semi-permanent circuit that circles the stadium.
Cregan, who also held a managerial role with Toyota Motorsport during a successful period which saw it win seven World Rally Championship titles, has been named as chief executive officer of the project and will be joined by a team with a vast experience in motorsport.
“Miami has been a dream destination for Formula 1 over many years and it is a privilege to accept the role of CEO,” said Cregan. “Working within the world’s most vibrant market for sports, the USA, and joining a team anchored by the world-class talent at the Miami Dolphins, means that I am understandably thrilled by the potential of what we can achieve together when we welcome F1 to Florida in 2022.”
Managing partner, Tom Garfinkel, remains confident Miami and its management can deliver on what was promised: “We have high standards on what we expect to deliver in Miami for F1 teams, drivers, sponsors, and fans.
“The first goal is to have great racing and we believe we are building a circuit that will deliver just that. We are fortunate to be able to bring in someone with Richard’s experience to lead a hand-picked team with proven results creating best-in-class racing circuits and fan experiences.”
Mark Boyd, formerly of Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management and also worked on the Vietnam GP, joins as vice president of operations, alongside VP of strategy Ashley Davies, who worked with Boyd on the Vietnam GP, which was meant to debut on the calendar in 2020, only to be cancelled because of the pandemic. They also have 20 years experience as deputy CEO of the Australian GP.
Andy Beaven, previously head of sport at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, joins in the role of sporting director.
A number of Miami Dolphins management team will move over to the GP side, including Dorie Grogan, Josh Young, Lauren Kelly, Katie Foreman, Jason Jenkins and Jeremy Walls.