Andy Evans Role in IMSA
When Andrew Evans joined the International Motor Sports Association in 1990 as a member of the Camel Lights GT series, he was exhilarated to gain recognize as a professional race car driver. Within a short period of time, however, his role in the organization would grow substantially.
In 1996 then-owner Charles Slater decided to sell the IMSA to Andy Evans and Roberto Muller, a former Reebok CEO. Evans saw this as an opportunity to make several changes within the organization. One of the first, and most dramatic, alterations changed the organization’s name from International Motor Sports Association to Professional Sports Car Racing (PSCR).
Not everyone in the organization was thrilled by these changes. Many of the board members left IMSA around the time of the name change. Several former IMSA personnel also decided to form a new series.
Some turmoil is always expected when an organization transfers ownership from one person to another. Despite changes in the board room, many of the PSCR races remained popular with fans. The split within the organization, however, created sponsorship problems. Neither the PSCR nor the newly created group could secure enough funding for events.
As the 1990s came to a close, Andrew Evans faced a difficult decision. He felt responsible not only for the future health of the PSCR, but for the entire racing industry. By 2001, it was obvious that someone would have to make a bold move to unify the racing industry and improve funding. Evans took this step by selling the PSCR to Don Panoz, who quickly changed the organization’s name back to IMSA.