IRL: Management changes to help IMS, IRL

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 -- Tony George, president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League, announced a series of management changes and promotions Nov. 5. The changes affect the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 -- Tony George, president and chief executive officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League, announced a series of management changes and promotions Nov. 5.

The changes affect the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League and Clabber Girl Corporation, and all other operating businesses owned by Hulman & Company, Terre Haute, Ind.

"I am implementing these changes to position our company to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future," George said.

George is establishing a Corporate Executive Office to support the leadership group of the three operating businesses.

"The Executive Office will be the umbrella under which each operating business will function, providing leadership to all business units and having direct responsibility for business functions common to all three units," George said.

George will head up the team, assisted by three executive vice presidents: Jeffrey Belskus, executive vice president and CFO, responsible for finance, taxes, benefits and aviation; Curt Brighton, executive vice president and general counsel, responsible for legal, philanthropic, insurance, human resources and real estate; and Fred J. Nation, executive vice president, communications, responsible for broadcasting, information technology, and public relations strategy and coordination. Both Brighton and Nation previously served as vice presidents of IMS.

"Together, we will work as a team to provide executive level leadership and support to all business operations," George said. "Jeff, Curt and Fred have been an important factor in our recent success, and I look forward to their help in leading our companies."

Joie Chitwood, senior vice president of business affairs, and Mel Harder, senior vice president of operations, will share chief leadership roles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Chitwood joined IMS on Oct. 1 after serving as vice president and general manager of Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., owned jointly by IMS, International Speedway Corporation and a group of Joliet-area investors. Before serving as the first vice president of Chicagoland, Chitwood was one of the first employees of the Indy Racing League. He will oversee marketing, public relations, sales, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and hospitality.

In the new position of senior vice president of operations, Harder will be responsible for all aspects of facility management and operation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and Inn, construction and engineering, medical operations, credentials and safety. Both Chitwood and Harder report directly to George.

"Both Joie and Mel have demonstrated their talents, and I am pleased that they have agreed to accept these new responsibilities," George said.

At the Indy Racing League, both Brian Barnhart and Ken Ungar are being promoted to the positions of senior vice president of operations and senior vice president of business affairs, respectively. Barnhart and Ungar will continue to share responsibility for the financial performance of the Indy Racing League and report directly to George.

"The success presently being experienced by the IRL is in large part a result of Brian and Ken's leadership," George said.

Gary Morris, who has headed Clabber Girl Corporation's baking powder operations since January 2000, is being promoted to senior vice president.

"Under Gary's leadership, our food business has renewed vitality and energy," George said. "Sales are growing, new markets are being served, and new products are being added."

Clabber Girl has the largest share of the retail baking powder market in the United States and is manufactured at the Terre Haute facility.

"The individuals being promoted are only a few of the many deserving recognition," George said. "My family is fortunate to have so many dedicated, hard-working and loyal employees, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of them."

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Tony George , Brian Barnhart