Former Austin director joins American GP team

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Former Director of Facilities at the Circuit of the Americas, Marty Hunt, has joined the executive team behind the proposed Grand Prix of America, set to be held in New Jersey next season.

Hunt has taken up the role of Director of Race Operations for the race, and his experience in circuit management has made him a valuable asset to the team, according to race chairman Leo Hindery Jr.

“As we continue to get ready for 2014, I am pleased to welcome Marty Hunt as our newest senior executive,” Hindery explained in a statement. “Few people in our sport are as accomplished as Marty Hunt in getting the cars to the starting grid and giving the fans an exciting, safe race.”

Hunt has worked in motorsport for over two decades, and his arrival on the board suggests that the race is increasingly likely to go ahead. Bernie Ecclestone had cast doubt on the race earlier this year, claiming that he was unsure whether New Jersey would host the grand prix, but Hindery has not wavered from his determined stance for the race.

The race would be the second on the calendar in the USA, joining Hunt’s former employer, the Circuit of the Americas. It would most probably take up a slot in June, acting as part of a North American double-header with the Canadian Grand Prix.