Race Track Business Conference – 2014 Attracts Record Number of Industry Leaders

Wilmette, IL – (December 19, 2014) – For Immediate Release

A full day of topical and engaging sessions highlighted the third annual Race Track Business Conference appearance at the 27th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center.

Speakers and attendees from across the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Hong Kong gathered to discuss issues facing industry professionals.

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Expert panelists debated topics on track construction, performance research & development, safety, sponsorship, industry growth, operations management, venue utilization, sanctioning bodies, and media. Speakers included influential leaders such as Herb Fishel – Business of Speed, Michael Culver – Skip Barber Racing School, Jim Downing – Hans, Dr. Terry Trammell – Orthopaedics Indy, John Waraniak – SEMA, Andrew Craig – Craig Company, Robert Clark – SCCA Pro Racing, Jason Rittenberry – IRG, Tony Parella – SVRA, Karl Fredrickson – Speedway Illustrated, Tim Suddard – Grassroots Magazine, Ralph Sheheen – Turn 3 Media, Doug Auld – Sprint Car & Midget, and Bob Dillner – Speed51.com.

Luncheon insights were presented by Cary Agajanian – President – Motorsports Management Intl. The legendary attorney, agent and promoter highlighted the Agajanian’s family seventy years of involvement in racing from Ascot to Indy.

“We are very excited about RTBC-2014. Presenting relevant topics, creating interactive dialogue with an informed community is the goal of this event.” said Tim Frost, publisher of National Speedway Directory. “Thanks to everyone who made this conference happen.”

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“The competition for the entertainment dollar increases every year. That requires race tracks to provide a great value for fans in a clean safe venue while also finding new ways to market our sport to the publicly, as well as increase safety for the heroes of our sport” said John Kilroy – Vice President – General Manager – of Performance Racing Industry. “The Race Track Business Conference is invaluable for the exchange of ideas throughout the industry.”

Lyn St. James presented to Women’s Sports Foundation Project Podium Leadership award to Lisa Noble – SCCA President. “Her character, charisma, and commitment to support cultural change without disrupting the core values of sports car racing is powerful,” said Lyn St. James.

The NCM Motorsports Park received the “Outstanding Facility of the Year” award presented by National Speedway Directory and Track Guide. The new facility located in Bowling Green, Kentucky adjacent to the National Corvette Museum and GM Corvette plant is expected to be unique in meeting the demands of manufacturers for performance research and development.

Jason Rittenberry – IRG – CEO – received the “Innovator of the Year” award presented by Diamond Ticket Systems. Dave Hutton – DTS – VP – stated “IRG has been rapidly expanding their presence on and off the track and on multiple platforms, raising the bar in the industry.”

A donation was made to the Austin Hatcher Foundation on behalf of the speakers and attendees to support their charitable efforts in regards to pediatric cancer.

Support for RTBC – 2014 was provided by Daktronics, H3R Human Resources, Race Monitor, American Racer – Racing Tire, and Diamond Ticketing Systems – official ticketing partner.

There are preliminary plans for RTBC – 2015 to be held on Wednesday December 9, 2015. This will be just prior and in conjunction with the 2015 PRI Show, which runs from Thursday, December 10, to Saturday, December 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Additional information can be found at www.racetrackbusinessconference.com or by contacting Tim Frost at twfrost@speedwaysonline.com or 847/853-0294.

About National Speedway Directory

National Speedway Directory (www.speedwaysonline.com) is an information source for the motorsports industry. Published annually since 1975, the publication lists information on tracks, sanctions, publications, museums, and race schedules. In addition, they are the developers of Track Guide, a mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

About Performance Racing Industry

Performance Racing Industry, (www.performanceracing.com) monthly business magazine, is recognized as “The Voice of Racing Marketplace.” Targeted at the racing trade, PRI connects manufacturers of racing products and technology with the distribution channels of retailers, builders, distributers, and teams. The PRI Show is the world’s largest auto racing trade show.