Veteran read racing official Paul Walter has been named as race director for GrandAm series. He will take up his new post with immediate effect while continuing to act as race directors of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), with his new and existing role becoming one with the historic merger of the championships for the 2014 season.

“I’m honored to join GRAND-AM for this landmark 2013 season,” Walter said. “As everyone at Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series work together in preparation for the future of professional sports car racing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to share insights and ideas. I’m looking forward to being part of that.”

Mark Raffauf – the previous incumbent of the Grand-Am role – will continue with the organization, though now focusing on operational and logistical aspects of the series’ racing operations.

“This is a prime example of using our combined resources to make things happen and build for the future,” said Richard Buck, Grand-Am’s managing director of competition. “Paul brings considerable experience and respect, and will serve as a great bridge in the competition area between Grand-Am and the ALMS.”

Walter will also continue to act as competition director for the USF2000 series. In past roles he was the race director for Formula BMW from 2005-2009 and operating steward for the ALMS from 2008-2010. In 2012 he was clerk of the course for the World Touring Car Championship’s first US race at Sonoma and deputy clerk of the course for the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.