Michigan Int'l Speedway adds staff members

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES TWO CORPORATE SALE DEPARTMENT HIRES BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 11, 2007) -- Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis announced today the hiring of Kevin Kelly and Chad Whipkey to the...

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES TWO CORPORATE SALE DEPARTMENT HIRES

BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 11, 2007) -- Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis announced today the hiring of Kevin Kelly and Chad Whipkey to the speedway's Corporate Sales department. Kelly will serve as an MIS corporate sales executive, while Whipkey has been named a regional sales executive. Their appointments begin immediately.

"We are pleased to welcome two new team members who will be part of a concentrated effort to reach out to local and Midwestern based businesses," Curtis said. "It is important that they reach out to these businesses and let each one know that MIS is an asset that can be used to their advantage, which could include entertaining its clients or employees during a race weekend, for example."

Kelly, a native of Clinton, Mich., previously worked for two years as a senior account manager for McGill Digital Solutions in Troy, Mich. Prior to his position with McGill, he served in various sales, marketing and advertising capacities with area businesses in metro Detroit. Kelly is a 1994 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in communication technology. He serves as the president of Treads for Kids, a non-profit organization in Clinton.

"I'm very excited to be part of Michigan International Speedway and the great racing it has brought to the Irish Hills for nearly 40 years," Kelly said.

Whipkey comes from Akron, Ohio where he was an account representative for InfoCision. His background consists of working with PGA and LPGA golf events in the Ohio area. He is a graduate of Kent State, majoring in business and communications.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me," Whipkey said. "I've always enjoyed sales, and working with local and area businesses is something I'm very excited about."

Several fan enhancement projects are currently underway. Grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are being replaced. The new grandstands offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of MIS' two-mile oval. The new seats are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands and will allow fans to have more leg room. All of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also 10 rows higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS -- including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern.

Traffic patterns for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race days are also being improved. The refined patterns will make traffic flow out the speedway faster following NEXTEL Cup races. MIS is in the process of enhancing tram stops and will purchase additional trams for guests with disabilities.

Tickets for all MIS races, including the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.

-credit: mis

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