New President Announcement

Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited announces a New President.

St. John’s (August 12, 2020) After nearly 20 years of staging one of Canada’s most iconic and challenging motorsport events, there is a change in management at Targa Newfoundland.

Effective August 10, Joe Dowden will move from Clerk of the Course to assume the role of President of Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited. He will take over the day-to-day planning of Targa Newfoundland and Targa Bambina, the two annual events staged on the roads of eastern and southern Newfoundland. Dowden will shoulder the responsibilities currently held by Robert Giannou who created and has organized the events since the inaugural Targa Newfoundland in September, 2002.

Dowden, who started with the event as a volunteer in 2003 as a Safety Marshal and who has held progressively more responsible positions through the years, will lead a volunteer group to handle the event. Such duties will include route planning, community liaison, volunteer management, registration, safety, scoring and the many other aspects of the complex, multi-day motorsport events.

Giannou will stay with the organization and assume the role of Chairman of the Board concentrating on securing the long-term future of Targa Newfoundland through new ownership.

“Joe knows and understands both events inside-out. He has handled just about every job: from marshalling to dragging cars out of ditches, to working with communities to dealing with competitor issues”, said Giannou. “He has been Clerk of the Course of both events for the past three years and has a proven record that he can lead these events into this new era. Most importantly, he has my total confidence and trust. Joe is the right guy to take the reins at this important time in the history of Targa Newfoundland.”

Dowden’s first duty will be to reconfirm the organization of the event management group. Then he will focus on the presentation of the Super Bambina event scheduled for Friday September 11 through Monday September 14 in the lower Burin. The event will be operated under strict COVID-19 Rules and Regulations. “Operating this event under the present conditions will bring it’s challenges. However, we and all who participate in the event will keep the communities and the volunteers who help run the event, safe and healthy,” Dowden added.

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