Remembering Marti Rompf, a public relations professional in auto racing for more than 25 years
Martha C. (Marti) Rompf, 67, a public relations professional in auto racing for more than 25 years, died at her home in Traverse City, Mich., on May 15 after a long illness.
Born and raised in Lansing, Mich., Rompf served as director of public relations at Michigan International Speedway (1982-86) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (1986-1992) before joining Dearborn, Mich.-based communications agency PCGCampbell in 1992. While with PCGCampbell, she represented Ford Motor Company's race teams in NASCAR, including The Wood Brothers, Bud Moore Engineering, and Robert Yates Racing, and drivers that included Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler, Lake Speed, and Dick Trickle.
She also worked as Ford Motor Company's public relations manager in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for several years, promoting future NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standouts Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, and the late Kenny Irwin.
In 2006, Rompf joined Wood Brothers Racing, from which she retired at the end of the 2007 NASCAR season.
Prior to entering the public relations profession, Rompf worked as a journalist covering local news for both the Albion (Mich.) Evening Recorder and the Coldwater (Mich.) Daily Reporter during the 1970s.
A 1961 graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, she is survived by her daughter Kathie, her sons Michael and Mark, and four grandsons.
At her request, no services are planned.
Memorials can be made to Munson Hospice MHRF at 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684 or Victory Junction Gang 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.