GTS Series Manager Jack Baldwin sees his job as making sure that racers have a good time and get what they want out of racing in Pirelli World Challenge.
Last month, Pirelli World Challenge announced the hiring of two new class managers – Rob Morgan for GT and Jack Baldwin for GTS. Both are former competitors, both as drivers and team owners in their respective classes. Both men see their responsibility to be a conduit between series management and competitors, whom they regard as customers. Baldwin and Morgan came on board not long after the hiring of former Touring Car entrant Jim Jordan to lead that class into the future.
RACER recently spoke to Baldwin about his role and ideas for forward progress in his respective class and the series. (Stay tuned to RACER.com for Jordan’s thoughts on those questions.)
A racer for more than four decades, Baldwin has competed in everything from Formula Ford to NASCAR stock cars. He is probably best known for winning a pair of IMSA GTU titles in the 1980s and the 1992 Trans-Am championship. Pirelli World Challenge fans and competitors will know him as team owner and driver for GT Sport, which fielded a pair of Porsche Caymans in the GTS class for four years, including two second-place finishes in the drivers’ points.
“For me, for being in racing, in motorsports, my entire life, as a driver and then as team owner/general manager for GTSport, [this move is] a logical next step,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it, still going to the races and still being involved in a little different way. I’ve got some things to learn on the business side of it, but hopefully I’ll improve and make a positive effect on the thing.”
Excerpted from RACER.com. Read the full interview at the following link: