Governor Appoints Motorsports Council Ray Appointed Chairperson On February 11, 2010 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order 49 establishing the Governor's Motorsports Advisory Council. "Just...
Governor Appoints Motorsports Council
Ray Appointed Chairperson
On February 11, 2010 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Executive Order 49 establishing the Governor's Motorsports Advisory Council. "Just days away from the Daytona 500, I'm taking the time to rev up our commitment to the motorsports industry, which supports thousands of high-tech jobs in North Carolina," Perdue said. "We've come a long way since moonshine running turned into a multi-billion dollar industry more than 60 years ago."
Subsequent to her announcement, Governor Perdue has appointed both industry leaders and educators to serve on the council for the next two years. Council members include: Dr. Eric Klang, Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at NC State University; Greg Fornelli, President of Stock Car Steel/SRI; Gray Garrison, President of Winston-Salem Speedway, Inc. d/b/a Bowman Gray Stadium Racing; Richmond Gage, Program Head of Motorsports Management Technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Director of the NC Community College System Motorsports Consortium; Krissie Newman, Executive Director of the Ryan Newman Foundation and Vice President of Ryan Newman Motorsports; The Honorable Karen Ray, President of BSCI, Inc. and Director of Business Affairs for the North Carolina Motorsports Association; Ian Prince, Director of Real Estate and Sustainability for Roush Fenway Racing; Doug Herbert, President of Herbert Performance Parts and Doug Herbert Racing; Chris Kouri, General Counsel and Director of Community Relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway; Paul Brooks, NASCAR's Senior Vice President and President of NASCAR Media Group; Bill Patterson, Executive Vice President of Richard Childress Racing; Max Siegel, CEO of Revolution Racing and manager of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Program; Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and MRN Radio reporter; Terri Parsons, owner of Benny Parsons Rendezvous Ridge vineyard and racing museum and Principal in Speedway Associates, Inc./North Wilkesboro Speedway; Steve Earwood, President and General Manager of Rockingham Dragway; Bobby Rice, Executive Vice President, Hendrick Companies; J.D. Gibbs, President of Joe Gibbs Racing; Dr. Ahmed Soliman, Director of Motorsports and Automotive Research Center, UNC-Charlotte; Felix Sabates, co-owner of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates; Brad Daugherty, JTG Daugherty Racing and ESPN race analyst; Kelley Earnhardt, Vice President and General Manager of JR Motorsports.
The Honorable Karen Ray has been appointment as Chairperson of the Motorsports Advisory Council by Governor Perdue. She is no stranger to the motorsports industry and the businesses and teams that keep us strong and viable in North Carolina. Karen has a great deal of experience in the motorsports industry as a legislator, business owner, and director with the NC Motorsports Association.
"I have spent time with Governor Perdue for several years visiting race teams and racing-related businesses in North Carolina," said Karen Ray. "She knows the industry and the value of the jobs created through both large and small businesses associated with motorsports and the tourism dollars the sport brings to our state. By establishing the Governor's Motorsports Advisory Council, she has given us a unique opportunity to advise and recommend policies and initiatives to maintain, strengthen and grow this valuable job and tourism producing industry in the State. I am honored to serve as Chairman and look forward to working with the experienced and knowledgeable group of individuals Governor Perdue has appointed to the Council."
As set out in Executive Order No. 49, the council will meet for the next two years with the duties of recommending policy, procedures and program initiatives to protect, strengthen and expand the motorsports industry in North Carolina; provide ongoing advice and consultation to State policy leaders as to how to recruit, retain and expand the motorsports industry in North Carolina; conduct public hearings or input sessions regarding the motorsports industry when deemed necessary or beneficial; encourage support for the motorsports industry and serve as a resource for the industry to the North Carolina General Assembly and State departments and agencies; and perform such other duties as assigned by the Governor or the Chair.