Kelly Racing has appointed internationally experienced motorsport engineer Tony Dowe to the position of Performance Director.
Dowe will oversee the technical and racing aspects of the operation, which enters its fourth year of competition in 2012.
The Briton is the former Managing Director of Tom Walkinshaw Racing's United States arm, which operated the successful Jaguar sportscar program in the late 1980s and early 1990s, winning both the Daytona and Le Mans 24 Hour events.
He also has experience in Formula One, IndyCars, MotoGP as well as a spell at the FIA as a representative on their sportscar technical working group.
Having completed a four-month engineering consultancy role with Kelly Racing in the final stages of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship, Dowe has now relocated from the United States to Australia to work from the team's Melbourne headquarters.
“I recognised massive potential in Kelly Racing as a result of my consultancy role with the team in the last part of 2011,” said Tony Dowe.
“This team is in a growth phase and it was an easy decision when Todd asked me to take on this full-time role because Kelly Racing is such an exciting young team.
“I'm really enjoying working alongside Todd in shaping the direction of the company and putting together a world-class engineering group.
“There is a lot of work still ahead of us but I'm genuinely excited about the direction of the team heading into this season.”
Todd Kelly, Kelly Racing Co-Owner and Racing Director says the appointment represents a step forward for the team.
“There is a fair bit going on here at Kelly Racing so it's good to have someone with the experience of Tony Dowe on board to help oversee all the different projects that we are implementing in 2012,” he said.
“Tony is extremely valuable to the team, especially given his contacts globally, which we have used to attract additional key people into Kelly Racing.
“The big focus for us this year is to really take the team to the next level and we can’t do that without hiring more staff and higher level staff to fill key positions. Tony has been fantastic in that respect and secured some outstanding people to the team that we will announce shortly.
“As far as the team goes, especially in an engineering sense, this year our capabilities will be much higher than they've ever been since we’ve been in operation.”