Genoa Racing has announced that it has hired Steve Ragan as crew chief for its entry into the Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) division of the American Le Mans Series this year.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at the team headquarters by Thomas Knapp, the team manager.

Ragan served as a crew chief and a project manager for de Ferran Motorsports the last two years. That team finished second in the ALMS' LMP1 class last season with five victories and seven pole positions.

Prior to joining de Ferran Motorsports Ragan served as team manager for Hattori Woodland Racing's ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Nationwide Series stock car programmes, as well as Conquest Racing's Atlantic programme.

He has also served as crew chief for Panther Racing (IndyCar Series), Fernandez Racing/Super Aguri Fernandez Racing (CART and IndyCar), Forsythe Championship Racing (CART) and Tasman Motorsports Group (CART and Indy Lights).

"We're very pleased to have someone with Steve's experience in this position as we transition to the ALMS," said Knapp. "We take delivery of our new car the first week of February, so he'll be very busy as we prepare it for the series' winter test at Sebring February 22-23."

"I've known Thomas Knapp since the mid-nineties, and we both respect each other's work," Ragan added.

"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to work with him and to continue to be involved in the ALMS, because I've really enjoyed working in that series in the last few years. Genoa's LMPC programme is a new challenge, and I'm anxious to get started!"