IRL: Salenbien promoted at MIS

Salenbien named Director of Facilities at MIS. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- For Dan Salenbien, it's the little things at Michigan International Speedway that make the difference. Clean restrooms. Freshly manicured grounds. Efficient trash...

Salenbien named Director of Facilities at MIS.

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- For Dan Salenbien, it's the little things at Michigan International Speedway that make the difference.

Clean restrooms. Freshly manicured grounds. Efficient trash collection. And a staff that feels more like family than 9-to-5 colleagues.

This simple philosophy has sustained Salenbien and Michigan International Speedway for some 25 years, prompting MIS President Brett Shelton to name Salenbien as Director of Facilities.

"It's certainly something that has been well deserved for many years," Shelton said of Salenbien's promotion.

The Salenbien name is as synonymous with MIS as LoPatin and Penske.

Salenbien started at MIS in 1977. As the Facilities Superintendent for most of that time, Salenbien doesn't expect his new role to change.

"If it did, I'd gladly accept the challenge," he said. "We all work together to get things done. It's like a family."

Ever modest, Salenbien says his favorite part of the job is working with his full-time staff of 14. During race time, it swells to 35 or so.

As Director of Facilities, Salenbien is responsible for maintenance and care of Michigan International Speedway's 1,200 acres and its buildings, trash collection, janitorial services and track paving.

"I like being behind the scenes," he said. "It's just like in the movies: We are in the background, we set the stage and we let the actors do all the work up front.

"When we're needed, we go in, fix it and then blend back into the background."

A resident of Adrian, Mich., Salenbien is married to Linda, has four children and two grandchildren.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar , NASCAR