At least on the surface, the face of AMA Pro Racing changed today with David Atlas being appointed Chief Operating Officer and taking over the day-to-day control of the corporation as Roger Edmondson moves to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.In addition, Vice President of Competition Roy Janson has left the Daytona Beach offices of AMA Pro and will return to Ohio because of "non-threatening health issues."According to AMA Pro Racing, the change will enable Edmondson to "focus on the overall direction of AMA Pro Racing and its vision for the future."Atlas brings 30 years of motor racing experience to his new role, having been engaged with various sanctioning groups, racing teams and in driver management, according to the release issued today by the organization. Atlas was one of the original AMA Pro Racing managing members and will now focus on the day-to-day operational aspects of the operation.
As the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edmondson will continue to provide the vision and direction for AMA Pro Racing, according to the release. Edmondson's "extensive history in motorcycle racing gives him a unique perspective on class creation and where the sport will grow and develop with his very unique understanding of the latest trends in the business."
Janson, meanwhile, will continue to be available to AMA Pro Racing as an independent contractor/consultant, according to AMA Pro Racing.
The final change today is the addition of John Szymanski as the director of public relations and overall communications. Szymanski brings over 30 years of racing experience, according to the release.