Road America press release
Duncan Dayton Joins Road America Board
ELKHART LAKE, September 8, 2011 - Road America, the historic road-racing circuit and motorsports facility, has announced the addition of Duncan Dayton to its Board of Directors. Dayton's appointment to the board fills a position formerly held by Carl Haas; Haas has been named Director Emeritus in honor of his years of service to Road America.
Dayton started Highcroft Racing in 1990 as a vintage racing restoration and preparation service which over the past five years has grown to become one of the most successful professional sports car racing teams in the US. After debuting in the American Le Mans Series in 2006, Dayton's Highcroft Racing squad was selected by Acura/Honda Performance Development to lead their factory chassis development program.
During the past four years, the team has not only become Honda's most successful US operation, but the most successful sportscar team in North America - the only US- owned and based squad in history to win back-to-back ALMS championships (2009/2010). Last season, the team took four wins from nine races and finished on the podium in every race in the most competitive year in Series history.
A talented racer in his own right, Dayton's professional driving career included multiple class victories at the Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. In historic machinery, Dayton holds the record at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with 10 overall victories. "Road America is undoubtedly one of my favorite circuits in the world and it really is an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve on the track's board of directors," Dayton said,
"The track is very much near and dear to my heart. Highcroft Racing has scored two great wins here - the second in 2009 was a real turning point in our team winning its first American Le Mans Series championship. As a driver, it is an incredible challenge and one which I certainly enjoy. It was great to be on track recently at the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman and I can't wait to return. I am really looking forward to working with the board and George Bruggenthies and his team."
Road America Board Chairman, Jonathan Laun, said his fellow directors are impressed with Dayton's extensive involvement in the racing industry. "Duncan's past experience as a team owner and driver, combined with his ventures in new motorsports technology, will provide a unique viewpoint to Road America's leadership," stated Laun.
In addition to Dayton, the Road America Board of Directors includes George Bovis, Robert A. Cornog, Lou Gentine, Chris J. Hartwig, Charles B. Hill III, James Jeffords, Jonathan Laun Augie Pabst, Ron Pace, Frederick Stratton Jr., William Wuesthoff and four Directors Emeritus: Robert L. Cowles Jr., Carl Haas, John Hill and Bobby Rahal.
About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America hosts a wide variety of motorsports events, including the American Le Mans Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, AMA Superbike, SCCA June Sprints and National Championship Runoffs, and historic car and motorcycle events. Located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the facility offers 640 grassy and wooded acres which include the historic 4-mile circuit, the purpose-built Briggs & Stratton Motorplex for karts and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. More information can be found at www.roadamerica.com.