The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced today several personnel and organizational changes within its racing staff.
Doug Neubauer continues as Vice President, Racing and will oversee AMA’s flat track, supermoto and off-road/cross country disciplines.
Ken Rogers, formerly AMA Pro Racing Director of Timing and Scoring, has been promoted to Vice President, Racing. Rogers will oversee AMA’s road racing, motocross and arenacross disciplines.
Neubauer and Rogers will report to AMA CEO Patti DiPietro.
Steve Whitelock, formerly Series Manager for AMA Supercross/Motocross, has been promoted to Director of Supercross/Motocross. Whitelock will manage AMA’s supercross, motocross and arenacross disciplines and will report to Rogers.
According to DiPietro, these changes are the result of the AMA’s recently announced restructuring plans. “We’re placing all AMA racing properties under one umbrella and staffing ourselves to serve this model, said DiPietro. “The newly-formed positions of Racing VPs will each be responsible for directing a certain group of disciplines including both amateur and pro. This will not only help bring consistency and logic to each racing discipline but it will also ensure improved rider progression and overall series growth.
The changes follow on the heels of a number of sweeping changes made at the AMA with regards to rules making. Under the system announced earlier this year, separate rules making committees have been formed for each discipline. Additionally a standing racing committee has been created to oversee the strategic direction of AMA Championship Racing. The organization continues to be governed by a board of directors.
“This has been an ambitious year for our company yet our goals remain high, added DiPietro. “We’ve completely rebuilt the methodology for creating rules as well as how we manage our racing properties. These changes along with more to come, are all being made to better serve our members, racing fans, competitors, and sponsors.
Rogers and Whitelock will relocate to AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio.