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Movers & Shakers: Michelin Appoints New Motorsports Director; Edelbrock Announces New VP of Human Resources

Jason Anzalone

Michelin Appoints New Motorsports Director

Michelin North America Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina, has named Jason Anzalone director of motorsports, effective August 1, succeeding Tony Ménard, who is returning to Michelin headquarters in France after three years in North America.

Anzalone has served in several positions during his 11-year Michelin career, most recently as a strategic account director for Discount Tire and Tire Rack. Anzalone started his career in the automotive industry as a mechanic, working predominantly with Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. He has worked closely with the motorsport teams since May to help prepare for his new role.

Ménard helped advance Michelin’s involvement in IMSA sports-car racing, including the new Porsche Carrera Cup partnership. In his three years, Michelin Motorsports was able to support all IMSA races through the pandemic with great success.

Under Ménard’s leadership, BFGoodrich achieved the 100th overall SCORE Baja victory and introduced the first 18-in. Baja T/A KR3 for Trophy Truck and Unlimited Truck classes. His tenure also includes three Baja 500 wins, two Baja 1000 wins, three Mint 400 wins, and a victory at King of Hammers. Lastly, he helped continue the successful partnership of the Mazda MX-5 Cup, which highlights the development and competition of up-and-coming drivers.

Sondra Dowdell
Sondra Dowdell

Edelbrock Group Announces New Vice President of Human Resources

Sondra Dowdell has joined Olive Branch, Mississippi-based Edelbrock Group as the vice president of human resources. Edelbrock Group is the parent company of automotive brands, including Edelbrock, COMP Cams, Fuel Air Spark Technology (FAST), TCI Automotive, and Russell. Prior, Dowdell served as the senior HR business partner for Memphis, Tennessee-based Tru Green, and before that, as an HR business partner with National BevBak in Gainesville, Georgia.

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