Watts promoted

Watts Promoted to Live Nation Motor Sports Marketing Manager -- Norwalk Properties NORWALK, Ohio (November 17, 2006) -- IHRA, a division of Live Nation Motor Sports, has promoted Ellen Watts to Marketing Manager -- Norwalk Properties. She...

Watts Promoted to Live Nation Motor Sports Marketing Manager -- Norwalk Properties

NORWALK, Ohio (November 17, 2006) -- IHRA, a division of Live Nation Motor Sports, has promoted Ellen Watts to Marketing Manager -- Norwalk Properties. She will be responsible for establishing and executing programs to increase ticket sales for all Norwalk Properties, including the eMax Nitro Jam National Event Series and the Kumho Street Warriorz and Thunder Jam events.

"Ellen's promotion is well deserved and I look forward to working with her to grow the IHRA properties," stated vice president of marketing Jim Marchyshyn. "Her passion, energy, positive attitude and competitive spirit is exactly what we need to reach our goal of selling more tickets."

"This is an incredible opportunity," said Watts. "I have enjoyed working with the Norwalk team and track partners for the past couple of years, and am very excited to be a more integral part of this amazing organization. We are going to do great things, and I am looking forward to working with everyone collectively to 'raise the bar' for our Norwalk properties."

Watts has worked as promotion manager for Live Nation Motor Sports for four years, demonstrating a strong ability to produce incredible results and take on any challenge while managing Monster Jam, Supercross, Arenacross and other events. In addition, she's managed select IHRA events for the last two years.

Watts will be based out of the company's Aurora, Ill., office.

About IHRA

Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), a division of Live Nation, promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing opportunities for drivers at all levels. The eMax Drag Racing Series is an 11-event North American professional drag racing circuit. In 2006, the series will be comprised of eight events in major cities throughout the United States and three in Canada. The Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Championship consists of competition at national events and 35 events in six regional divisions, while IHRA's Summit SuperSeries is conducted nearly every weekend at over 90 IHRA-sanctioned tracks. Providing a safe environment to develop future stars, IHRA offers the PM-1 Junior Dragster Racing Series for youths ages 8-17. Stand-alone events include Live Nation's entertainment-filled "Thunder Jam" shows and the street legal racing and lifestyle event series Kumho Street Warriorz presented by Hooters. More information can be found at www.ihra.com.

Live Nation is one of the world's largest diversified promoters and producers of, venue operators and sponsorship/advertising for, live entertainment events including music concerts, theatrical performances, and specialized motor sports events. Live Nation owns, operates or has booking rights for 150 venues worldwide including 107 domestic and 43 international venue sites. In 2005, promoted and/or produced over 28,500 events with attendance at venues exceeding 61 million persons.

-credit: ihra

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