Daytona International Speedway welcomes new staff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (May 7, 2002) - Daytona International Speedway President John Graham today announced hirings and promotions of key staff members at the "World Center of Racing." Rick Goupil, Director of Sales for DAYTONA USA, has been...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (May 7, 2002) - Daytona International Speedway President John Graham today announced hirings and promotions of key staff members at the "World Center of Racing."

Rick Goupil, Director of Sales for DAYTONA USA, has been promoted to Director of Sales and Sponsor Services for Daytona International Speedway. In his new position, Goupil, 43 of Houghton Lake, MI, will be responsible for hospitality sales, corporate sales and sponsor services for the Speedway.

Goupil joined DAYTONA USA in 2000 after 20 years in the travel industry in Florida. Prior to joining DAYTONA USA, he worked as sales manager for Universal Studios and director of sales for Sterling Casino Lines.

"Rick has a great record of attracting tourism and travel to our area through his efforts on behalf of DAYTONA USA," said Speedway President John Graham. "His considerable talents and leadership abilities now expand into enhancing our guest and sponsor experiences here at Daytona."

Goupil is a graduate of the Southeastern Academy Tour and Travel Program, Orlando, and locally is a graduate of the Leadership Daytona Class of 2001. He is a member of the Daytona Chamber Corporate Business Council and is involved in travel and tourism organizations throughout the state.

Taking over as Director of Sales for DAYTONA USA is Julynn Stiff, who comes to the "Official Attraction of NASCAR" from Universal Orlando where she served as senior representative for corporate partnerships. Stiff, 35 of Tampa, has nearly 17 years experience in sales and marketing with Universal Orlando and Busch Entertainment Corporation theme parks.

"I look forward to this new challenge," said Stiff. "I've thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the theme park industry and I'm honored to be given the opportunity to join the team of the biggest name in motorsports."

Daytona International Speedway gets another boost in the marketing department with the addition of Kelly Kepler, 26, of Kansas City, KS. Kepler, who has been named Senior Marketing Manager, comes to Daytona after four years at Kansas Speedway where she was one of the original administrative staff members for the midwestern ISC track. She was successful in building new sponsorships and partnerships for Kansas Speedway, which opened in 2001 with a sold-out season. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kepler's former positions at Kansas Speedway included hospitality coordination and corporate marketing management.

"We're delighted to welcome Julyn Stiff and Kelly Kepler," said Graham. "We've just acquired two real stars."

The next event at the "World Center of Racing" is the Independence Day weekend of racing featuring the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race July 5 and the Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race July 6. For tickets or information, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call the Speedway Ticket Office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series Automotive , Grand-Am , NASCAR
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