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ACO General Manager Departs

ACO general manager Frederic Lenart departs, effectively immediately…

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ACO general manager Frederic Lenart has departed the organization effective immediately, it has been announced.

Lenart spent the last six years with the French organizer, having played a managerial role in the operation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as helping manage the ACO’s involvement in sports car racing worldwide.

A reason for Lenart’s departure has not been given.

“ACO President Pierre Fillon and the board of directors wish to thank Frederic for his years of dedicated service and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors,” a statement from the ACO read.

Lenart’s replacement will be announced “shortly” according to the ACO.

“The new ACO general manager will continue the strategic and operational plan led by Pierre Fillon in this crucial period for motoring and motorsports,” the statement said.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Jm

    September 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Replaced by Scott Atherton…..

    • Od Trombone

      September 4, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Scott Atherton would, by far, be their best choice for a replacement. However, Nope, ACO to be replaced by Ratel’s SRO…

      That will be the end result anyway. The WEC should be DPi, and the SRO GT2, GT3, GT4. Blancpain should become sprint only, without the DPi’s

      • Jake

        September 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

        Scott Atherton can’t even run IMSA, why would he run ACO?

        • CookieMonsterFL

          September 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

          Carefu, this is an IMSA circlejerk comment section on this website. You will get flamed.

          Agreed, Atherton has split a class because he caved to OEM’s crying about spending money and getting beat by David’s. I’m sure the ACO would love to bring him in to discuss how amazing it is to see LMP2’s with about 50k worth of carbon fibre slapped on different parts to make them ‘brand identifiable’.

          NASCAR in the top class of sportscars in America. Makes sense to me. Oh, and no discussions for a month on how they plan on ‘unleashing’ DPi’s, as they probably need to be faster than P1-privateers (wouldn’t that be embarrassing to see them pegged slower). But don’t forget, these are P2 chassis with slight aero mods so that I can see it is indeed a CADILLAC, i’m sure just giving more HP equals better racing, no?

          2019 IMSA has 5 Caddy’s, 2 Acuras, 2 Mazda’s and that’s probably it. Frankenissan is another story, with maybe, MAYBE 3 full time P2 entrants. So healthy of a class from its inception 5 years ago. Yes, lets give the keys to the kingdom of Le Mans to a guy that was in charge of the merger of America’s sportscar fanbases – literally giving both of them only one thing to watch per year. Of course its going alright, there literally isn’t an alternative like there was in the past. PWC? Lets wait and see how the SRO’s changes work.


          • Haskellb

            September 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

            “Carefu, this is an IMSA circlejerk comment section on this website. You will get flamed.” – And you claim to be so different?

          • HH66

            September 4, 2018 at 5:11 pm

            Well, when you put it like that.

            DPI is one pullout away from a P1-H situation……but with no back-up plan.

            Tell a lie, they’ve probably guaranteed DPI’s future, so long as Cadillac keep offering up the odd customer car.

          • Grand Am Fan

            September 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

            I prefer using decals (headlights, tail lights, grills) for brand identification on a spec chassis.

          • kv

            September 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

            ACO will not change on lmp1 until they lose a few more young stars to IMSA,AND the sponsors drop out !

      • littletrumpetiscluless

        September 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm

        Damn, you post some stupid stuff.

        Atherton is just a mouthpiece who doesn’t really do anything.

        You just love NECKCAR.

  2. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    September 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Brian France is available…

  3. Andy Flinn

    September 4, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    CookieMosterFL and HH66 obviously don’t actually watch IMSA races.

    If they did, they’d know that the DPis are “P2 chassis with slight aero mods so that I can see it is indeed a CADILLAC” because they are based on the four Euro-spec chassis mandated for WEC and ELMS LMP2 and because IMSA had no idea their ACO partners (backstabbers?) would ban them from racing at Le Mans.

    Also, the Cadillac, Mazda, Nissan and Acura engines mean that DPis are quite different than the Oreca/spec-engined LMP2s that currently dominate the WEC.

    Also IMSA’s “Frankenissan” DPi (like the “Frankenissan” Gibson spec engine that powers EVERY single LMP2 in Europe) won the 12 Hours of Sebring this year.

    If these two actually watched IMSA races, they’d also know that – with (1)Cadillac, (2) Joest/Mazda, (3) Penske/Acura and (4) ESM/Patron/Nissan DPis currently racing in IMSA – the series is NOT “one pullout away from a P1-H [only Toyota] situation.”

    But go ahead. Spread your nonsense. You won’t fool most of us.

    The FIA, ACO and WEC should really focus on the basics, like learning how to create a schedule of races that don’t conflict with established series (Formula One) and events (IMSA Petit Le Mans).

    • You don't matter

      September 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      You have no life you Neckcar apologist piece of shit. EVERY SINGLE FUCKING TIME BRO! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. REALLY?! Go the fuck away! CookieMonsterFL got the drop on you, quit cryin’ like a little bitch!

      • JC

        September 4, 2018 at 9:19 pm

        Quite an expanded comment/userbase you have here Dagys. Your sites made the big time, congratulations.

      • Northstar

        September 8, 2018 at 1:49 am

        Good lord, comments like this make me embarrassed to be a racing fan. It’s no wonder racing is dying no matter the series with people like you scaring off anyone who may have an interest in the sport.

        On behalf of real racing fans, I apologize for this imbeciles behavior, I promise we aren’t all this bad.

    • Andyneedsarealitycheck

      September 4, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Everything you posted Andy does not change one thing that cookie monster posted.

      All you did was make excuses and blow a lot of hot air.

    • Mike D.

      September 12, 2018 at 3:53 am

      Even the most sensible IMSA fan can admit that ESM is likely, barring a miracle, on the way out (or down to GTD) and that only Cadillac selling customer cars is not a good look, particularly once they’ve prevented any European team from coming over with anything but a customer to try and compete at the Florida 36. I think WTR is more up in the air than people are willing to believe… he may sit out a year or move to GT chasing a factory contract there, particularly now that Cadillac has 4 other cars to support (and possibly 5, though unlikely that SoD comes up with a full package). If Cadillac were to stop, DPi would very much be in a P1-H situation, because if you haven’t noticed fans do nothing but shit on Mazda despite their continual investment in the sport, and Penske would leave with no competition, we all know that.

      > The FIA, ACO and WEC should really focus on the basics, like learning how to create a schedule of races that don’t conflict with established series (Formula One)

      Out of all the things you can viably blame on the ACO/WEC, clashing with F1 isn’t one of them, given the ACO routinely has released their schedule FIRST. That falls squarely on the FIA for not having any sort of sanity.

      About the only thing IMSA seems to have gotten right recently is the GTD season-within-a-season, or at least Turner is doing a great job of selling the proposition to others. The P class split, however, is an unmitigated disaster.

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