Jack Cunningham, the CEO of A1 Team Malaysia has passed away suddenly at the age of 60. A well-respected and foremost British expatriate in Malaysia, he will forever be remembered for his significant contributions to the country’s motorsport scene.
Although Cunningham was only involved in Malaysian motorsport for five years (2005-2009), his shrewd business smarts and risk-taking intuition led to the rise of Malaysia’s most commercially successful team in the A1 Grand Prix series’ history. Throughout his tenure, Cunningham continually emphasized the importance of promoting an all-around Malaysian mission and vision for the team. Much thought and effort went into the ultimate goal of creating a highly efficient, 100% Malaysian team. Under Cunningham’s initiative and guidance, local drivers, engineers and mechanics improved their skills immensely. This not only attracted large crowds and sponsors, but also positively influenced the careers of professional Malaysian motor racers such as Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy.
Ultimately, Cunningham created a sports legacy that all Malaysians can be proud of and aspire to. Though his contributions to the sport are far too numerous to list here, his love for Malaysia was very much evident in his dedication to his team. An inspiration to many, he will be dearly missed.