IRL: MIS adds Lukaskiewicz to staff

SAMMIE LUKASKIEWICZ NAMED MIS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kansas Speedway public relations staff member Sammie Lukaskiewicz has been named Director of Communications for Michigan International Speedway, track president Roger ...

SAMMIE LUKASKIEWICZ NAMED MIS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kansas Speedway public relations staff member Sammie Lukaskiewicz has been named Director of Communications for Michigan International Speedway, track president Roger Curtis announced today.

Lukaskiewicz, one of the original employees at Kansas Speedway who saw the speedway grow from construction in 2000 to its opening the following year, will assume her new duties at MIS on October 9 after the completion of the October 1 Banquet 400 at the Kansas City, Kan., track.

Lukaskiewicz is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. She will receive a master's of arts degree in management and leadership from Webster University in St. Louis in December.

As senior manager of public relations for Kansas Speedway, Lukaskiewicz worked with local, national and international media covering events at the track, developed and wrote all the content for the speedway's press releases and Web site, acted as official spokeswoman for the track and oversaw the speedway's credentials.

"We are thrilled to add Sammie to our staff at MIS," said Curtis. "Her knowledge and enthusiasm will fit well with a staff that is dedicated to providing a great experience each year to everyone that visits MIS, including our race fans, media and corporate partners."

Prior to her duties at Kansas Speedway, Lukaskiewicz worked as a crime and courts reporter, city beat reporter and later as a copy editor and page designer at The Daily Press in Victorville, Calif., and its sister newspaper, The Desert Dispatch in Barstow, Calif., both Freedom newspapers in San Bernardino County in Southern California.

"I'm really excited to be a part of such a first-class and historic racing facility," said Lukaskiewicz. "I've been lucky enough to meet most of the talented staff at Michigan International Speedway and really look forward to joining such a tight-knit family. I'm also really looking forward to being a part of the community and call the Irish Hills 'home.'"

She is married to Bill Lukaskiewicz, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who will soon take command of the 101st Forward Support Battalion in Fort Riley, Kan.

Lukaskiewicz will be replacing Bill Janitz, who will leave MIS in September to work for the auto racing PR agency True Speed Communication, after more than five years at the two-mile oval.

-credit: mis

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