RACE: CHAMPCAR/CART: Campbell named Laguna Seca General Manager

MONTEREY, Calif. (February 4, 2003) - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced that Gill Campbell, who has been serving as General Manager of the facility on a contract basis since December 2001, was recently made a staff member with a three-year...

MONTEREY, Calif. (February 4, 2003) - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced that Gill Campbell, who has been serving as General Manager of the facility on a contract basis since December 2001, was recently made a staff member with a three-year employment agreement to manage the facility.

"Gill has proven to be a very dynamic manager, accomplishing a great deal in a short period of time," said Kathryn Hayworth, president of the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), operators of the track located within the Monterey County Parks' Laguna Seca Recreation Area.

"She has solidified many of our most important relationships and has initiated others that will greatly benefit the facility," Hayworth continued. "It was a unanimous vote by the board to retain her."

Since taking over the management of the facility in December 2001, Campbell has overseen construction of the new $7.5 million Premier Pit Row Suite and garage complex and implemented several new fan-friendly policies.

"Gill has really energized Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and we couldn't be happier with the announcement that she will be on staff for at least the next three years," said Charlie Hughes, president & CEO of Mazda North American Operations, whose company has partnered with the racetrack.

"I'm extremely pleased with SCRAMP's decision, as it's been a genuine pleasure working with Gill, " said John Pinio, Director of Parks for Monterey County. "We obviously work very closely with Gill and her staff and we've been impressed with the enthusiasm, cooperation and experience that she has brought. I'm sure our ongoing collaboration and partnership will enable us to meet the many challenges we will face in the future."

"This is a very unique situation in that we are operating a racetrack within a county park and we're a non-profit organization that contributes to other area non-profit groups," Campbell said. "So, while the job is not without its challenges, it has made for a very rewarding experience. I look forward to great things for this racetrack, county park and community over the next few years.

Campbell is a veteran special events and motorsports promoter. She owned and operated Campbell Productions LLC, in Portland, Ore., producers of several major events including the Portland Historic Races, Rose Festival Air Show, Oregon Brewers Festival and Holiday Ale Festival.

Campbell had also previously worked with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Prior to forming Campbell Productions, she worked for Global Events Group, promoters of the 1991 and 1992 sports car races at the track. Campbell Productions also performed on-site operations to the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races for eight years.

Campbell is a native of Exeter, England, and holds a bachelors degree from St, Lukes College at Exeter University.

SCRAMP was chartered in 1957 to benefit local charitable and non-profit groups, and to promote economic vitality in the surrounding area. SCRAMP distributed $371,873 from proceeds from the 2002 season to local organizations. In addition to the more than $10 million SCRAMP has donated to the community over the years, events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca pump an estimated $100 million into the area economy each racing season, thus supporting local businesses and tourism.

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Series ALMS , IndyCar , SCCA , PWC , Vintage