Nissan announces LMP1 architect Cox departs company

Darren Cox, the man responsible for putting molding Nissan’s LMP1 program from scratch has left the Japanese company.

Cox had been a part of Nissan since moving from its sister company, Renault, in 2005.

Aside from the LMP1 program, Cox was involved in LMP2, GT3, and V8 Supercars programs for Nissan.

Cox also oversaw the launch of the GT Academy in 2008, that since has grown all over the world and produced drivers such as Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordonez and Gaetan Paletou.

“The decision to leave Nissan and the Alliance was not an easy one,” said Cox.

“I have enjoyed a great many years working on some amazing projects with great people and have thrived on the challenges, successes and even failures, in equal measure.

“I have seen GT Academy grow from a small European initiative to now embracing countries representing half the world’s population.”

Nissan will make decision regarding the restructuring of its NISMO division, of which Cox acted as global head of marketing and sales, will be made in due course.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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