PRESIDENT OF MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY TO STEP DOWN AFTER 2006 SEASON CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY VP AND MIDWEST NATIVE TAPPED TO LEAD BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN FACILITY BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 12, 2006) -- International Speedway Corporation today...
PRESIDENT OF MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY TO STEP DOWN AFTER 2006 SEASON
CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY VP AND MIDWEST NATIVE TAPPED TO LEAD BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN FACILITY
BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 12, 2006) -- International Speedway Corporation today announced W. Brett Shelton, President of Michigan International Speedway ("MIS"), will step down from his position at the end of the 2006 racing season at MIS. Roger A. Curtis, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for California Speedway, has been named as Shelton's replacement and will move to MIS to begin working on the transition immediately.
"We are saddened to see such an outstanding employee like Brett leave our organization," said ISC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John R. Saunders. "He has made significant accomplishments during his nine years of loyal service to ISC, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
"We are fortunate to be able to tap a highly successful and motivated executive like Roger to take the helm at MIS. Roger is a creative and strategic leader with a long track record of success not only within our company, but in the motorsports industry. We look forward to a very smooth transition period over the next several months and the continued long-term success of MIS."
"My wife Elisabeth, our son Blake and I have enjoyed our five, going on six seasons at MIS immensely which made this a difficult decision," said Shelton, who is planning to move his family back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "The fans at MIS are arguably the best in racing and we have a tremendous seasoned staff which should make the transition much easier. I've had a chance to work with Roger Curtis for a number of years during our time with ISC and I think he'll be a great fit for MIS."
Curtis, 39, a Terre Haute, Indiana native, brings over 15 years of Motorsports experience to MIS and is looking forward to returning to his Midwest roots.
"Our family has enjoyed spending time together at MIS for a long time," said Curtis. "My father-in-law has been a season ticket holder since 1971 and we've spent countless times at MIS as fans and we've been able to experience first-hand how much MIS respects their fans. In addition to that, I'm looking forward to working with such a tremendous staff and a facility with such a great history of racing and innovations that make the overall experience better for the fans."
"This is also really a homecoming of sorts for my wife, who is from Clarkston, Michigan and really our whole family, many of whom live in Michigan and Indiana. I certainly have big shoes to fill with the great relationships Brett has built in his five-plus years at MIS, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
As Vice President of Marketing and Sales for California Speedway, Curtis oversaw the facility's advertising and promotions, marketing and sales, public relations and ticketing departments. Curtis joined ISC in 1996 and has held various roles in marketing and sales both at Watkins Glen and Richmond International Raceway. Prior to moving to California Speedway in 2004, Curtis was the Senior Director of Marketing and Sales at Richmond.
Prior to that, Curtis spent three years at Watkins Glen International as Director of Marketing and Sales beginning in May 1996. Involved in motorsports since 1992, Curtis started with Bobby Allison Motorsports. He also worked with Bill Davis Racing and NASCAR Busch Series driver Bobby Dotter. Curtis helped bring DeWalt Tools into NASCAR in 1993 with Dotter.
Curtis, his wife Marla and his three children, 6-year-old Austin, 3-year old Bailey, and 1 year-old Cameron plan on relocating back to Michigan this summer.
About Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events at 12 major motorsports facilities annually. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010