Wilmette, IL – December 15, 2023

The Race Track Business Conference has awarded Smith Fence the “Innovator of the Year” award. The plaque was presented by MyLaps at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

“Our team is thrilled to receive this recognition. We generally play a “behind the scenes” role in motorsport projects but take pride in successfully bringing each project to the masses through teamwork and collaboration with the owners and other onsite trades. Our company has always held a passion for being involved in the motorsport industry, so we genuinely appreciate the acknowledgement” said Nicholas Smith – Vice President – Smith Fence

Engelbert Gieskes – Global Commercial Director Motorsports – MyLaps said, “At MYLAPS innovation is in our DNA and we are happy that other companies have the same passion to bring innovations the world of motorsports. We congratulate Smith Fence with this award and look forward to work together to enhance the safety in motorsports.”

“The safety initiatives installed by Smith Fence are protecting racers and spectators on and off the track. We are pleased to recognize their efforts to collaborate with motorsports stakeholders to create leading edge products at iconic tracks around the world”, said Tim Frost – Publisher – National Speedway Director.

The previous award winners were Palm Beach International Raceway – 2014, Lucas Oil Speedway – 2015, Global Rally Cross – 2016, Formula Drift – 2016, Music City Grand Prix – 2021, and Women In Motorsports North America – 2022.

About Smith Fence

Smith Fence (www.smithfence.com) is a third-generation, family owned and operated business that delivers complex safety solutions to motorsport projects around the globe.  Their experience with motorsport safety systems and S.A.F.E.R. barrier buildouts meet the specific needs and requirements of each unique project.


At MYLAPS (www.mylaps.com) we support racers, athletes, and events in creating their ultimate sports experience. Every year we capture the performance of over 20 million people all over the world. We develop accurate, reliable and easy-to-use technology to turn data into insights, progress, and fun. Founded in 1982, we have revolutionized the world of sports timing and race control with groundbreaking innovations and set the standard ever since. Our products and platforms are used at professional events like the Olympics and INDYCAR to countless local events around the corner.

About Race Track Business Conference

The annual Race Track Business Conference (www.racetrackbusinessconference.com) hosted by the National Speedway Directory provides a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports. Shared insights from all forms of racing create dialogue and interaction in a unique intellectual environment.
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.

For additional information, contact:

Nicholas Smith – (727) 573-5440 – nsmith@smithfence.com
Engelbert Gieskes – (678) 816-4000 – engelbert.gieskes@mylaps.com
Timothy W. Frost – (847) 778-9475 – twfrost@speedwaysonline.com