Chase Carey, CEO and executive chairman of the Formula One Group, will give the start of the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans with Automobile Club de l’Ouest President Pierre Fillon.
— Pierre Fillon ACO (@fillon_pierre) June 16, 2017
Head of Formula One since September 2016, Chase Carey is a media executive (Fox, Fox Sports, Twenty-First Century Fox)
Appointed chairman of Formula One by Liberty Media, Carey brings new impetus to the discipline. He focuses on grass-root fans rather than a select élite. In the last ten months, he has begun looking further into the future of the discipline, basing his outlook on its glittering past but placing fans at the core of his strategy.
Chase Carey immediately accepted the invitation to be 2017 race starter.
ACO president Pierre Fillon said:
“By starting the race side by side, we will be demonstrating the new ties forged between the ACO and Formula One, facilitated by Jean Todt, president of FIA, our partner in the World Endurance Championship.”
“The ACO has always been strongly attached to the passion for endurance racing, its history and above all to the fans, the people who make the discipline what it is. With Chase Carey as head of Formula One, the time has come to work together on the sporting calendar. To ensure fans can follow the Grand Prix and endurance racing seasons and enjoy both disciplines to the full.”
— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) June 16, 2017