Staff

The Proto-America Staff

Race Director - Jack Kish

 

JACK KISH is the Race Director for Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Jack started out his racing career on the flat tracks of the AMA Pro Racing Series and later turned to Road Racing and motocross. But, in 1989, the 4-wheel variety caught his attention starting out as a Grid and Pit Lane worker. Jack is currently an SCCA Pro Racing Steward and SCCA National Road Racing Steward. Jack's experience includes holding the Chief Steward title for 6 different professional Championships as well as an active Formula 1 Grid and Pit lane worker and Pit Lane / Start Chief for the FIA Formula E Championship.

Technical Director - Gordon Gratiot

 

GORDON GRATIOT is the Technical Director of Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Gordon spent 27 years at IMSA. 10 years in the technical department for GTP, GTP lights, GTO and GTU, Kelley America, RS & ProFormance, and Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship.

15 years as IMSA director of operations. 5 years as a competitor in GT with Porsche RSR and Super Car with lotus 180r. Designed and built on track emergency response vehicles for IMSA and a major auto manufacturer.

Marketing Director - Jonathan N. Lewis

 

JONATHAN N. LEWIS is the President of American Autosport Association and Director of Marketing for Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Jonathan has a strong 33-year history of owning and managing a team that has raced in the highest levels of the sport, while winning such prestigious races as the Mobil1 12 hours of Sebring. A team that has won races in every major professional Series it has entered. Jonathan's marketing expertise is also extensive as he was the Vice President-Marketing for the North American Touring Car Championship and instrumental in the Series’ formation and first year of operation, Director of Marketing for the Germain Racing NASCAR team and Director of Marketing for the company that invented the sport of Paintball. Jonathan has managed motorsports marketing campaigns for AmeriSuites Hotels, Cabo Wabo tequila, Sprint Long Distance, Benihana Restaurants and Slick50 Engine Treatment, among others. Jonathan’s previous business experience includes being the General Manager of a Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Honda franchise in New Hampshire as well as the General Manager of a BMW and Mitsubishi Dealership in Florida. 

Public Relations Director - Tony Castaneira

 

ANTHONY CASTANEIRA is the Director of Public Relations for Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Tony first entered motorsport as a board member and later Vice-Chairman of the South Florida Motorsports Host Committee, an arm of the Homestead-Florida City Chamber of commerce. The Host Committee introduced and facilitated interaction between local businesses, the racing industry and local charities. In 1996 Anthony created the South Florida Motorsports Report, serving co-host and producer of the first regional racing television show in the United States. In 2010 the show moved on-line and became OversteerTV. Anthony also served as Director of Public Relations at Moroso Motorsports Park in 2007 where he was responsible for public, media and corporate relations, including crisis management, in preparation for its successful sale. Anthony has been a guest columnist for various publications and was a racing and yachting reporter for sports website The Bleacher Report. Throughout his career Anthony has successfully brokered and managed many partnerships between sponsors and racing series, teams and drivers including but not limited to Trans-Am, IndyCar, NASCAR and Pro-Rally.

Social Media Director - Samantha Eve

 

SAMANTHA EVE is the Director of Social Media for Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Samantha is a digital marketing expert and social media guru. Based in South Africa, Samantha is the owner and founder of The Social Butterfly digital execution agency that focuses on content, strategies as well as building and managing communities.Samantha partners with clients across the world and enjoys creating mind-blowing digital communication strategies.With a deep understanding of the value that epic content has to play in the digital space, Samantha is focused on both the realization of short-term revenues and long-term growth opportunities.Her background is set deeply in motorsport as she grew up at the racetracks throughout South Africa watching her father win numerous national motorsport titles.Samantha is a young, vibrant individual with a creative flare and strategic mindset to take brands to their next level in the digital space.

Timing & Scoring Manager - Dennis Chalfont

 

DENNIS CHALFONT is the Manager of Timing and Scoring for Proto-America presented by Pirelli. Dennis has spent all of his racing career at the wheel of Timing and Scoring. He was the 1997 SCCA Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year and spent 4 years at the helm of the American City Racing League. Dennis has managed timing & scoring operations for NASCAR, Grand Am, IMSA, World Challenge and Champ Car.