Mazda North American Operations has announced that Nelson Cosgrove will be the new director for Mazda Motorsports. The former senior manager at Toyota Racing Development will be responsible for the operational side of Mazda’s racing activities in North America.
“I’m honored and excited to start this new role with Mazda,” said Cosgrove. “Mazda has a storied history in motorsports and a strong presence with IMSA, MX-5 Cup and grassroots programs.
“The brand had a lot of success in 2019, highlighted by the Mazda Team Joest three-race win streak, and I’m very much looking forward to beginning my work with the Mazda Motorsports team and preparing for the 2020 racing season.”
Cosgrove, who previously held positions at Ford, Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing, will report directly to Masahiro Moro, the chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.
Moro added, “We are committed to continuing to build upon Mazda’s position in North American motorsports. Nelson is the right person to steer Mazda Motorsports, as he brings a tremendous amount of engineering and motorsports experience that will enhance the work being done by the Mazda Motorsports team, as well as all of the technical partners across all our programs.”