The organising group behind the Grand Prix of American project on the streets of New Jersey has announced that its president, Tom Cotter, will quit his post. The announcement comes less than eight months after he was appointed to the position.

imageHe will hand over the reins to two gentlemen: Dennis Robinson, who currently serves as the event’s chief operations engineer; and Richard Goldschmidt, who serves as the special assistant to the event’s promoter, Leo Hindrey Jr.

Despite recent speculation – fuelled by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone – that the circuit construction wouldn’t be finished in time for the event to debut on the 2013 championship calendar, Cotter (pictured left) expressed every faith that the build-up would run smoothly over the following months under the new leadership team..

“I have full faith in the Grand Prix of America team and look forward to sitting in the grandstands at a world-class race in 2013,” he said in a media release issued overnight.

“We’re all thankful for Tom’s leadership in bringing Formula 1 to Port Imperial. During his stewardship we’ve made great progress and are less than a year away from the sport’s top racers speeding around a street course with New York City in the background,” added Hindrey Jr.

The inaugural Grand Prix of America – which will be one of two races in the United States next year, the other being the United States Grand Prix at Austin – is scheduled to take place in June next year as a back-to-back event with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.