longtime car and driver editor tony quiroga has been named to the role of editor-in-chief, effective this week, and will lead both our venerable print magazine and our online platform. he is the 19th editor-in-chief for the magazine since its founding in 1955.
a car and driver subscriber since age six, quiroga moved from automobile magazine to an associate editor position at car and driver in 2004 and, over the years, has held nearly every editorial position in print and digital and also helped produce our early youtube efforts. quiroga has edited several special issues and is also an accomplished vehicle tester and reviewer.
most recently, quiroga served as cars director, where he managed the writers and editors who produce the print magazine and online reviews. he is the longest-tenured test driver for lightning lap as well, having lapped virginia international raceway's grand course more than 2000 times over 12 years.
quiroga was named to the position by hearst magazines president debi chirichella and hearst autos president and chief revenue officer nick matarazzo. chirichella said in a statement: "tony possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of all things automotive, as well as impressive driving skills on the track, evaluating everything from sedans to supercars. his leadership, passion for the subject matter and deep connection with the car and driver audience will enable him to build on the strong foundation of this beloved brand and usher it into its next phase." matarazzo described quiroga as "a brilliant big-picture auto evangelist."
he succeeds sharon silke carty, who has moved to the newly created position of director of content strategy and audience development for the hearst autos media brands (autoweek, car and driver, and road & track). carty will collaborate with the editors of these publications on audience development and digital content strategy across video, podcasts, newsletters, seo, and research.
"growing up, i read every issue of car and driver cover to cover, sometimes three or more times. it's the place i wanted to work since i could read," quiroga said. "we are incredibly fortunate to have an immensely talented and creative staff that makes me excited about where the brand is headed. i've worked with some legendary people in our industry, and i'm looking forward to putting those lessons into practice to make car and driver the most entertaining and intelligent source of car knowledge anywhere."