MARCH 20, 2000
Gorne leaves Reynard
Gorne went on to lead the Reynard sales team in CART but despite his importance to the company he held only a three percent shareholding. Last year he spent half his time being commercial director of the British American Racing Formula 1 team, in which Reynard had a 15% shareholding, but in the midseason began to work for BAR full-time as race operations director. In January he was given a new role by BAR as motorsport development director with the job of "developing BritishÊAmerican Racing over the longer term".
The intention for BAR was for there to be more than just a Formula 1 team with plans for a number of different teams running in identical livery in different formulae so as to increase the markets targeted and enhance the image of BAT as a major player in global motor racing. That concept suffered when the FIA ruled that F1 teams could not run cars in different liveries but there is no doubt that BAT could still develop the existing network of teams which includes Team Kool Green, which runs a Reynard-Honda package in CART in addition to teams in Indy Lights and Toyota Atlantic. The one area where BAT's presence is not currently being felt is in Formula 3000.