SUTTON INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES ROB JOHNSON AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER AND JIM FREUDENBERG AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
DENVER --March 14, 2006 -- Sutton International Motorsports today announced the appointment of Rob Johnson as vice president of Sutton International Motorsports and general manager of the Grand Prix of Denver and the promotion of Jim Freudenberg, previous general manager of the Grand Prix of Denver, to chief operating officer of Sutton Motorsports Productions, a division of Sutton International Motorsports.
Johnson, 38, most recently served as vice president/general manager of the Broomfield Event Center, a 6,000 seat multi-purpose arena being built in Broomfield, Colorado. Prior to his role with the Broomfield Event Center, Johnson served seven years as president of Pikes Peak International Raceway, a 1,200-acre complex in Fountain, Colorado that hosted AMA, IRL, NASCAR and USAC-sanctioned events.
"This was a perfect fit to bring Rob into the Sutton International Motorsports fold," explained Jim Hancock, president of Sutton International Motorsports. "The success of the Grand Prix of Denver created opportunities for Sutton International Motorsports to move into a consulting role on new venue and event development and Jim Freudenberg is the ideal person to oversee that expansion. Fortunately, Rob was able to jump on board and with his experience at Pikes Peak International Raceway, it hasn't taken him long to get up to speed with the Grand Prix of Denver."
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join Sutton International Motorsports and the Grand Prix of Denver," said Johnson. "I've always been impressed by their dedication to excellence in all of their motorsports projects and their commitment to making the Grand Prix of Denver a premier event for the state."
Jim Freudenberg is also enthused about the opportunity to expand the role of Sutton International Motorsports. "After the success of the Grand Prix, we were approached about a variety of new event and venue opportunities," explained Freudenberg. "This was the ideal time to create an enlarged role for Sutton Motorsports Productions and move into a new arena that will capitalize on our management strengths."
In addition to his venue related experience, Johnson led the public relations division of Denver-based GBSM where he worked on a variety of projects for clients including Ascent Entertainment (Pepsi Center), Colorado Avalanche, IZZO Systems, Major League Baseball's '98 All-Star Game at Coors Field and All-Star FanFest at the Colorado Convention Center, Pikes Peak International Raceway and Turner Sports (Atlanta Arena). Johnson is a Colorado native who earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. Johnson is married and has two young sons with a third baby due in May.
ABOUT SUTTON INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS
Sutton International Motorsports, owned by CENTRIX Chairman and CEO Robert Sutton, manages motorsports projects for clients involved in numerous forms of racing, including NASCAR, Champ Car, Race of Champions held in Paris, France and Score Off-Road Racing.
ABOUT THE CENTRIX FINANCIAL GRAND PRIX OF DENVER
The CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver is three days of international auto racing surrounded by the city's most unique summer street festival. This annual event transforms the heart of the city into the region's largest gathering of car enthusiasts, sports fans and music lovers. Alongside Montreal, Mexico City and Australia's Gold Coast, Denver is one of only 14 host cities in the Champ Car World Series.
CENTRIX Financial has served as the title sponsor since 2003 and acquired the event in 2004 with the vision of making it one of Denver's premier summer events, a foundation for the city's economic growth, and an opportunity for some of Denver's most caring companies to give back to the community. For more information on the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver, including ticket sales, visit www.gpdenver.com. More information on CENTRIX Financial is available at www.centrixfinancial.com.