Lime Rock Park hires former IMSA Series Manager Steven Sewell as Track Manager
Lime Rock Park president Skip Barber today announced that he’s brought in veteran motorsports manager Steven Sewell to fill the newly created position of track manager. Sewell leaves the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as senior manager of development and single-make series to take up the Lime Rock post.
Sewell’s racing career began shortly after college. In 1984, he was hired by Rusty Bond’s title-winning IMSA GTU team to update and re-build Bond’s privateer Porsche 911 – which then beat the factory teams at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona (second) and the Sebring 12-Hour (third). From there his star rose, including a stint with Mazda Racing, before joining the Skip Barber Racing enterprise.
Sewell was the fourth person hired by Skip Barber when he was creating the ground-breaking Barber Saab Pro Series in 1986. Brought in as crew chief, by 1990 Sewell was series manager. He was instrumental in overseeing the design and testing of the move to the carbon-fiber Reynard chassis in 1998 and was there through 2003, including taking on director of operations duty for the entire Skip Barber organization.
“This is a fantastic opportunity that I could not turn down,” Sewell said. “I consider Lime Rock one of the best, most important motorsports venues in the history of U.S. racing, and Skip has a host of ambitious plans to make the track even better for the fans and competitors. To help oversee these projects, well, there are very few people who wouldn’t want this opportunity.”
Prior to joining IMSA in 2011, Sewell held senior positions with ChampCar and transmission technology leader Xtrac, Inc. He’s a magna cum laude graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology, as well as the Elf-Winfield and Skip Barber racing schools.
Skip Barber said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring Steve on board. Lime Rock Park has a number of people who worked side by side with Steve during his long tenure with the Pro Series, and to a man and woman they’re thrilled that he’s joining the team to start Lime Rock’s new era.”
Randy Hembry, who takes over for Sewell at IMSA, said, “The IMSA Development and Single-Make Series are very strong and poised for continued growth, and I’m eager to build upon the great foundation and Steve’s hard work. He did a great job guiding these series to produce fantastic racing and realize their potential, developing young talents who have climbed to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.”
Sewell said, “IMSA provided a great home for me, and I’ve taken huge pride participating in the growth and associated credibility that the IMSA Development and Single-Make series have achieved during my tenure. I wish Randy and the rest of my IMSA peers nothing but the best of luck in continuing the tradition of quality sports car competition.”
The IMSA TUDOR Championship comes to Lime Rock July 24-25 with Prototype Challenge, GT-Daytona and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series.