Anderson named lead Indianapolis Raceway Park

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2001) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has named Ron Anderson as director, sales and development/general manager of the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). IRP is home to the prestigious U.S. Nationals, the...

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2001) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has named Ron Anderson as director, sales and development/general manager of the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). IRP is home to the prestigious U.S. Nationals, the largest drag racing event in the world, contested each Labor Day weekend.

"In recruiting this position, NHRA was looking for an individual with not only experience in motorsports, but an understanding of the Indianapolis marketplace," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "We believe Ron fits both bills and will be a valued addition to the team at IRP."

Prior to joining IRP, Anderson was managing director at Premiere Management/Pendine Motorsports Group where he was responsible for the development, sales and implementation of customized marketing and sponsorship management programs for a diverse number of Fortune 500 clients. His primary responsibility at IRP will be business and sales development and marketing, as well as to serve as a liaison between NHRA, IRP and the Indianapolis business and civic communities. The current IRP staff will report to Anderson, who will oversee all aspects of the facility as general manager.

In all, Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, both in sales and client service, working in all major motorsports including NASCAR, NHRA, CART and the American LeMans SportsCar series'. He has strong relationships with some of the major corporations currently participating in the sport including Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Matco Tools, General Motors and Quaker State Corp. Anderson spent 11 years working at Quaker State, leaving the company after attaining the position of marketing director in 1996. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he resides in Carmel, Ind., with his wife Debbie and daughter Olivia.

Anderson starts his new position at IRP on February 19, 2001. He will report directly to Cary Menard, vice president business and legal affairs, who has direct responsibility for all of the NHRA owned and operated tracks across the country.

Other NHRA owned and operated tracks include: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.; National Trail Raceway, Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.; and, Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif. Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks.

The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Import Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

-NHRA-

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