San Bernardino County, Calif. (November 14, 2008) -- David Talley, who currently serves as Director of Media Relations for Daytona International Speedway, has been named Director of Communications for Auto Club Speedway announced Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker.

"Auto Club Speedway couldn't be more thrilled to have David Talley join our already highly skilled team," said Zucker. "David's talent, enthusiasm and expertise is priceless. Having someone of his caliber, lead our communications efforts will certainly take Auto Club Speedway to the next level."

As Director of Communications, Talley will oversee all public and media relations functions for Auto Club Speedway including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races, the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR, the Auto Club 500 on February 22, 2009 and the Pepsi 500 on October 11, 2009, the fourth race of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Additional events held at the Speedway include the AMA Superbike Series, the Historic Sportscar Racing Festival (HSR) and the NHRA Drag Events. Talley assumes his duties December 8th.

Talley comes to Auto Club Speedway as a seasoned public relations executive with over 26 years of experience. Most recently, he was the Director of Media Relations for Daytona International Speedway after serving 5 years with parent company International Speedway Corporation as its Director of Corporate Communications. In both roles he served as chief spokesperson and developed, implemented and managed all strategic communication initiatives.

Prior his tenure at ISC, Talley was the Senior Manager for the CNN Public Relations/News Division where he developed and implemented publicity plans for high profile events such as CNN's 10th Anniversary and Headline News' 15th Anniversary and was a company spokesperson.

Before CNN, Talley held positions as Sports Editor and News Copy Desk Editor with local Georgia and South Carolina New York Times company-owned daily newspapers.

An active member of his community, Talley is a member of the Special Olympics Florida Public Relations Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Halifax Area Advertising Advisory Committee, former President of the Board of Directors for The House Next Door (a non-profit family counseling organization), a member of the Florida Public Relations Associations and member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Talley also volunteered his time to coach YMCA Soccer and Pop Warner Football.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Talley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He and his wife Christine are the proud parents of Andrew, 5 and Kevin, 1½ .

About Auto Club Speedway

Don't miss out on the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR, the Auto Club 500 on February 22, 2009. See the biggest stars of NASCAR including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Juan Pablo Montoya as they reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. NASCAR racing is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the Speedway's fan amenities, including new escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and Apex by Wolfgang Puck. To purchase tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit for more information.

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