The Irishman behind the Miami Grand Prix where Max Verstappen took the win

The inaugural Miami Grand Prix took place on Sunday and saw Max Verstappen take victory after some impressive early maneuvers against the Ferrari men and a great start after a late safety car.

Since Eddie Irvine’s career ended in 2002, followed shortly by the Jordan team’s exit from the sport in 2005, the Irish have not played a prominent role in the starting line-up.

Ireland may not be home to current stars on the grid, but the inaugural Miami Grand Prix was made a reality thanks to an Irishman with an incredibly impressive motorsport resume, Richard Cregan.

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He was handed the role of Miami chief executive as the 2021 Formula 1 bosses unveiled a dedicated management team tasked with bringing the newcomer to life on the calendar.

Cregan worked as a technician at Aer Lingus before moving into the racing world and made his name at Toyota Team Europe in Cologne after being promoted from his role as a mechanic to a member of the management team.

He remained in that capacity for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the company’s F1 participation.

Cregan used his years of experience in Formula 1, Le Mans and the World Rally Championship to create an epic weekend for fans across the state of Florida and beyond.

In 2008 he was appointed Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management where he created the Yas Marina Circuit and the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Then in 2013 he was hired to deliver the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrome, marking Miami’s third endeavor to deliver epic racing in the sport.

“Miami has been a dream destination for Formula 1 for many years and it is a privilege to accept the role of CEO,” Cregan said at the time of his appointment.

The Irishman behind the Miami Grand Prix where Max Verstappen took the win

“Working in the world’s most dynamic sports market, the United States, and joining a team anchored by the world-class talent of the Miami Dolphins means I’m understandably excited about the potential of what we can achieve together when we… F1 welcome Florida.”

Former F1 commentator Peter Collins told the Irish Mirror: “When Miami was given the green light to be included on the World Championship calendar, those responsible for the project knew it was important to have a man at the helm who knew his stuff.

“Richard Cregan was quickly established as the person who made a dream come true.

“Now his CV is as impressive as you will find in global motorsport, having held significant roles in Toyota’s World Rally Championship and their Formula One venture and in recent years Richard has been the man at the helm of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

“Clearly he loves a challenge and when the opportunity arose to steer the Miami GP into the World Championship grid he stepped up once again to successfully organize a great event.”

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