Tucson, AZ (Feb. 5 2002) Officials from the Southwestern Fair Association Inc. and Deery Sports West announced today the assignment and approval of a long term lease of the Tucson Raceway Park located at the Pima County Fairgrounds.
The final step of the assignment was completed today with the approval of the lease assignment by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
The former lease holder, Great Western Sports Inc, ceased operations on December 31, 2001 and sold the lease rights to Deery Sports West Inc. The transfer required the approval of the fair commission and the county board.
"This is a great day and I'm so excited for the drivers and fans. Racing at TRP is now reached a new stability with local ownership and management. The Fair Commission has been, and will be, a great partner in providing quality Motorsports entertainment for the citizens of Pima County" Deery said "Our team is working on a great schedule and one that will offer incredible variety. We're confident our plans will make TRP the place for great racing and family entertainment" he continued.
Southwester Fair Commission Inc. Executive Director, Jon Baker agreed stating " Our primary goal was to find the right operator who will build on the tradition of TRP. We are thrilled to reach this agreement with Deery Sports. Their track record is strong and they meet all of our wishes. The primary goal was saving the 2002 season and it will start March 30, that was a big step considering we learned in mid-December, Great Western Sports was not going to continue operations.
Deery Sports West Inc is an Arizona Corporation with the principles members of the Deery Family. David Deery, the General Manager of the facility for the past two years, has been named President and will continue as the General Manager. Key members of the management team are in place with Carol Malson; Office Manager, Doug Leary; Director of Marketing and Sales, Stephanie Deery; Director of Events, and George McClure; Facilities Supervisor. Key NASCAR Officials will include Bill Barr; Competition Director and Rod Nielson; Technical Supervisor.
Opening day for the season is scheduled for Saturday March 30, 2002. Schedules for the 2002 season are now available and include 29 events featuring the NASCAR sanctioned Weekly Racing Series. The NASCAR Super Late Models will top the schedule with 21 events. The Late Model Stock Cars and Grand American Modifieds with 20 times, the Factory Stocks will participate in 19 events with the Mighty Compacts racing 16 times.
Many special events and added attractions will make each event unique.
Additional touring series and regional series will be added as schedules will permit.
For complete information contact the Speedway at 520-762-9200 or visit at www.tucsonracewaypark.com