Team Penske has announced several organizational changes for their IndyCar and IMSA racing program.
Ron Ruzewski has been promoted to managing director, reporting to Team Penske president Tim Cindric. Ruzewski most recently served as technical director. In his new role, Ruzewski will oversee the team’s IndyCar and Acura Team Penske IMSA.
Ruzewski replaces Clive Howell who will retire at the end of 2018 after 39 years of service.
Kyle Moyer has been promoted to general manager of the IndyCar program.
Jon Bouslog has also beem promoted to general manager and will lead the two full-time Daytona Prototype entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series.
The changes are effective immediately.
“It’s hard to imagine Team Penske without Clive Howell as he has played such a key role in creating the culture that we refer to as the Penske Way,” said Cindric in a press release. “That said, one of our biggest strengths has been the depth we have throughout the organization. Ron, Kyle and Jon have nearly 50 years of collective experience with Team Penske. Their leadership will continue to bring continuity to our programs and we are confident in their ability to build on what has already been achieved.”
Team Penske won this year’s Indy 500 and six total wins in the IndyCar series.
Acura Team Penske earned six podium finishes and three poles in 2018.
Overshadowed by a horrific crash involving Sophia Floersch was the fact that 19-year-old Dan Ticktum dominated and won the Macau Grand Prix – a victory that puts him closer to earning the superlicence required to allow him to race with Formula 1, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Ticktum won Macau’s qualification race as well as the Grand Prix, starting first in both events. For his victories, he earned 10 points, which combined with 25 for his runner-up finish in the European F3 Championship leaves him just five below the 40 needed for the license.
This was Ticktum’s second Macau Grand Prix victory.
“It was a dominant performance that I was preparing for,” Ticktum said on his web site. “I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as hard as I did for this race and it all worked out. In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them.”
On his way to victory lane, Ticktum had to survive several restarts including the lengthy red flag period following Floersch’s accident to repair the barrier.
“I can’t count how many safety car restarts we had to do,” Ticktum said. “It puts a lot of pressure on a driver here with such a long run down to the first corner. I can’t remember a weekend when I’ve put it all together so well.
“The car was absolutely perfect all weekend, it was so good and I can’t thank Motopark enough for that. I’ve never been so involved in the set-up, felt so at one with the car as I did this weekend.”