V8 Supercars chairman James Strong has passed away

James Strong, the recently-appointed chairman of the V8 Supercars Championship, has passed away.

The 68-year-old passed away at a Melbourne hospital just hours after the chequered flag waved for the second race of the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide.

Strong was officially appointed as the championship series’ chairman in late November, replacing outgoing founding chairman Tony Cochrane.

A powerful figure in the Australian business scene, the bowtie-loving Strong served as chairman of the Woolworths grocery group, as well as Kathmandu Holdings, in addition to a directorship of the QANTAS airline group, where he was also CEO between 1993-2001.

He also was a leading figure in the sporting scene and arts scene, previously serving as a director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and chairman of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup organising committee. He was also a chairman for the Australian Council for the Arts.

The RichardsF1.com team passes on its condolences to Mr Strong’s family and friends.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.