Long-time volunteers and community leaders voice support for Friends of Laguna Seca’s comprehensive, durable vision
Proposal calls out need for new management to address neglect and deferred maintenance issues, irresponsible fiscal practices highlighted in Grand Jury report
Monterey, CA August 31, 2016 — Friends of Laguna Seca (Friends) is a new non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to the revitalization and modernization of the Laguna Seca Recreational Area (LSRA) for the advancement of the greater community of Monterey County and the local economy that it serves. Friends has submitted its proposal to the County of Monterey and is building an expert team to manage the entire Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
The Friends proposal includes a 25-year commitment to rebuild the LSRA complex and implement a new business model that will include:
– A $50 million dollar capital improvement plan with $25 million invested in the first five years;
– Establishing a profitable mix of events that will utilize all the assets of the LSRA;
– Maximizing sponsorship opportunities and race track rentals;
– Developing premium camping areas and an upgraded rifle/pistol range;
– Enhancing the end-user experience facility-wide; and
– Bringing new events and premium programs to increase utilization within current restrictions taking particular care to respect our neighbors on Highway 68.
“The Friends core values include transparency, accountability and reliability,” said Friends President Ross Merrill. “Friends will restore trust in the management of Laguna Seca, and will do so from the ground up. Restoring trust includes partnering with the hardworking people who volunteer their time and talent to this public asset.”
A Grand Jury report published in July, “Monterey County Parks and SCRAMP: Uncertainties and Instabilities” called out the recent history of mismanagement and unsound business practices by the current concessionaire, including late payments to the County and raceway vendors and civic groups, which late payments damaged the concessionaire’s relationships with the County, and the business and nonprofit community.
Lee Shepherd, a Laguna Seca Raceway volunteer and former board member, said: “The irresponsible practices detailed in the Grand Jury report does not reflect the quality and care shown by the hard-working volunteer force. Like many local citizens we have serious reservations about the SCRAMP leadership and its new partnership with a for-profit company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Friends of Laguna Seca has made clear that the volunteer legacy and culture of responsibility and accountability will be restored, and that’s why I support its proposal.”
Also voicing support for the Friends proposal are longtime Laguna Seca Raceway volunteers Don Ask, Jim Coldwell, Dennis Farber, Marge Ann Jameson, Neil Jameson, Pat Kelly, Carlos Noreiga, Diane Noreiga, John Pfeiffer, Bill Reichmuth, and Carl Schumaker. Board Member Bruce Canepa commended the longstanding volunteers and their commitment. “We deeply value the volunteer corps! Their tireless work and dedication over years of service has not gone unnoticed, which is why we welcome their participation in Friends.”
Team Brings Operations and Program Management Expertise
The Friends team is led by General Manager Lauri Eberhart, a 20-year veteran in speedway management and motorsports. Eberhart has held positions at Speedway Motorsports, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and Nazareth Speedway. She has a wealth of experience in speedway operations, management and strategic planning.
Eberhart noted, “The Grand Jury report acknowledged the inherent challenges of the raceway including noise, traffic and environmental constraints, and deferred maintenance and capital improvement needs. We fully understand a responsible long-term raceway manager should be a good neighbor, demonstrate organizational adaptability, and find new revenue opportunities beyond racing.”
Also on the Friends team is Tim Frost, an economic and financial consultant with more than two decades of experience in the sports and entertainment business. Frost has performed feasibility studies, market demand studies, economic impact analysis, valuation and financial consulting of motorsports facilities and motorsports industry participants.
Focused on Local Control of County Asset
Board member and Friends’ Treasurer Thomas Minnich added, “The track and facility belongs to the County, and therefore taxpayers. We want to lend all of our expertise, passion, and resources to the entire facility. The key is being able to oversee all the finances, so that money raised at the facility can be put back into its operations and infrastructure. To run an enterprise you must be able to control 100 percent of the expenses and 100 percent of the revenues. Our business plan is focused on stabilizing the enterprise and addressing the neglect and deferred maintenance issues that exist on the property while simultaneously implementing modern management practices to create a world-class venue that will benefit the surrounding community.” Board members Ned Spieker and Jonathan Feiber, who bring decades of financial and startup experience, concurred.
Board member Gordon McCall added, “We want to bring the best of both worlds: volunteer spirit and professional business management. Beyond the raceway, Laguna Seca’s shooting range and campgrounds can also be better run in order to provide more revenue to reinvest in the facility. This is our backyard, we live here, our friends and family are here, we’ve grown up at this place — that’s really important and speaks a lot to our intentions. That local tie really does keep things from going astray. There is nothing local about ISC, a for-profit company based in Daytona Beach, Florida.”
Friends’ initial board and the team they have assembled bring longtime business experience and key expertise in fiscal management, fundraising, planning, construction, design and motorsports. The founders of Friends also have a history of Laguna Seca racing. Equally important, Friends has garnered a broad set of endorsements from business, community and motorsports industry leaders. All recognize the need for a fiscally capable, community first focus. They include:
– Zak Brown, Just Marketing International (JMI)
– David MacNeil, WeatherTech, 2016 IMSA road race series title sponsor
– Petersen Automotive Museum
– Bruce Meyer, Meyer Pacific
– Rob Dyson, Dyson Foundation
– National Auto Sport Association (NASA)
– Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
– Rancho Cielo
– Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group
– Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum
– The California Parks Company
The Friends’ donor relations community advisors include local leaders such as Don Chapin, David Gill, Kurt Gollnick, Bruce Taylor and Warren Wayland.
The County of Monterey is evaluating proposals and is expected to select a concessionaire to operate the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in the near future.
Join Us at the 3rd Annual NCMA Golf Tournament on Oct. 3, 2016 at the The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.
3rd Annual NCMA Golf Tournament
October 3, 2016
$1200 per foursome
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B.R.A.K.E.S. Free Teen Defensive Driving Program Reaches Milestone, Instructs 20,000th Student
Free Teen Pro-Active Driving Program led by drag racing champion Doug Herbert, on a mission to save lives
• B.R.A.K.E.S. reaches milestone and instructs its 20,000th student since its inception
• Free defensive driving program with vehicles provided by Kia Motors America
• Teens who graduate B.R.A.K.E.S. are approximately 64% less likely to get into a car crash within the first three years of driving
CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 8, 2016 – B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a non-profit offering free defensive driver training to teens and their parents, announced milestone instructing 20,000th teen July 31, 2016.
“Car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens in this country, and we started B.R.A.K.E.S. eight years ago to try and do something about that,” said Herbert, who founded B.R.A.K.E.S. in 2008 after he lost his two young sons in a tragic car crash. “After years of hard work, we’ve trained our 20,000th student and the program continues to build momentum. Every event puts one more teen on the road that is prepared for an emergency situation.”
B.R.A.K.E.S. classes are four hours, beginning with a classroom session followed by behind-the-wheel driving exercises including panic braking, crash avoidance and car control, and distracted driving avoidance, all free of charge and taught by professional instructors.
Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving. The Concord, North Carolina Teen Pro-Active Driving School was founded in 2008 after Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car crash. Although devastated by his loss, Doug decided to turn his grief into something positive and created a driving program in the hopes of preventing other families from experiencing similar tragedy. Over 20,000 teens from over 35 different states and three countries – and their parents – have graduated from the B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which is free of charge and features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America. The course maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ration and requires a least one parent to attend with each teen.
Learn more about upcoming classes and Doug’s story at: www.putonthebrakes.org.
MOORESVILLE – D&H Heat Tech and Kenny Components completed a project using Koolmat Insulation laid into carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is strong and light, but has no ability to stop heat. Using Koolmat’s proprietary insulation, made of cured Owens Corning fiberglass/silicone, the thin, tacky surfaced material is embedded into the base of the carbon fiber material. It is an extremely promising option for teams and builder who want to continue to use light weight carbon fiber while controlling extreme heat at the same time. Koolmat Insulation has a 1200 degrees Fahrenheit side (white/fiberglass) which faces the heat with the cool side (gray/silicone) facing up to protect the driver’s feet and legs. The material can be added to the bottom of many products to stop heat, floor pan, dry sump, air cleaner, cool boxes or whatever object you choose. The Koolmat is madge of 60” or 30” wide pieces that can be purchased any length. For more information, call 704-662-9099 or visit www.Koolmat.com.
2016 National Speedway Directory Arrives at Race Tracks
The Trusted Source For Motorsports Continues The Tradition By Releasing Its 37th Edition
Wilmette, IL – July 7, 2016 — The highly anticipated source for race tracks is on shelves in July. The 2016 National Speedway Directory lists a total of over 1,300 auto racing facilities. It is the most comprehensive publication of active tracks in the United States and Canada available anywhere. This book lists detailed information on oval tracks, dragstrips and road courses. The phone numbers, addresses, exact directions, nights of operation and type of racing are included in this handy 592-page paper-back book.
Listings for approximately 300 sanctions, 60 racing publications, and 70 racing related museums, pushes the total to over 1,730 motorsports related listings. The 2016 schedules for over 200 racing series with 4,000 events are also included.
The new edition is essential for planning vacations, track days and race outings. Race fans and industry professionals can depend on the National Speedway Directory for the most accurate and updated directory of race tracks in North America.
The price for one copy is $15.00 (includes postage) or two copies for $25.00. Orders can be placed online at www.speedwaysonline.com or emailing email@example.com . Checks or money orders can be sent to: National Speedway Directory – 909 Seneca Road – Wilmette, IL – 60091.
About National Speedway Directory and Track Guide
National Speedway Directory (www.speedwaysonline.com) is the trusted information source for the motorsports industry. It prints listings of oval tracks, dragstrips, road courses, sanctions, publications, museums and race schedules. National Speedway Directory has been published annually since 1975. The book is also available as a digital edition for iPhone and Android devices.
Track Guide (www.trackguide.com) is the iPhone and Android app, which puts race track and event information and directions right in the palm of your hand. Users can locate their favorite tracks or events, anywhere, anytime.
For Additional Information, please contact:
Timothy W. Frost, Publisher
National Speedway Directory
909 Seneca Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-0294 (w)
(847) 778-9475 (c)
(847) 853-8763 (f)
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3rd Annual ENEOS Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex karting facility in Mooresville, NC is a must-do during May Race Weeks in Charlotte! The annual event is a fan-favorite, featuring the chance to watch NASCAR drivers battle bumper-to-bumper in go-karts. The ENEOS Little 600 VIP Package includes free parking, a catered dinner, indoor trackside suite access, door prizes and a track walk with NASCAR drivers Michael McDowell and Justin Marks. The VIP experience is perfect for friends, family and coworkers who are NASCAR fans!
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it plans to remove wording from a proposed bill that led to many in the racing industry thinking the EPA was trying to ban street-to-race car conversions.
The wording was hidden inside a 629-page proposal that the EPA released last June meant to cut carbon emissions in medium- and heavy-duty trucks. In February the Specialty Equipment Market Ass’n caught wind of the rule and began petitioning to have the wording removed.
The EPA has since received numerous public comments against the proposed rule.
SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting said that while the EPA has withdrawn the proposal, there is still work to be done. SEMA is supporting the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (RPM Act), introduced by, U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
The RPM Act will address any doubts regarding regulation of race cars and give the public and race car industry much-needed certainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is applied.
“We want to thank Congress for pushing EPA to withdraw an ill-conceived proposal,” said Kersting. “However, confusion reigns: the agency continues to assert new-found authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate modification of vehicles for use in competition. This means that those converting and racing competition vehicles, and the parts and services industries that support them, do so under new EPA policy that considers the activity illegal. Only clarifying legislation, such as that offered under the RPM Act, will confirm that such activity is legal and beyond the reach of future EPA regulations. The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted.”
Rockingham Dragway’s Steve Earwood to receive prestigious Founder’s Award by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
Steve (Stephen) Earwood, one of drag racing’s most effective marketing specialists, and highly respected track owner/operators, has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Founder’s Award by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (a part of the famed Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum in Ocala, Fla.). He will receive the honor at the 26th annual Hall of Fame induction dinner on March 17, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. The Rockingham, N.C. businessman has been an influential part of the growth of the sport in a number of key roles.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Earwood grew up with the smell of race fuel and howling engines in his youth. His father, Charles (Charlie), was the Chief Steward for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and other road racing series, overseeing the operation of the on-track events. He graduated from Briarcliff High School in Atlanta, Ga. In 1966, he entered West Georgia University in Carrolton, Ga, graduating in 1970.
After his college years, he was influenced by his brother Terry, who drove for legendary Plymouth Super Stock team owner Steve Bagwell, winning the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) US Nationals in Super Stock in 1973, among other NHRA events. But Earwood’s focus was not on the cars, rather the idea of telling people about racing, and getting them to buy tickets. The enterprising Earwood organized the Southern Pro Stock Circuit while in the early 70’s, after a stint as co-manager of Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway with brother Terry. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and he was tapped by the NHRA to oversee the public relations effort for the 1975 Gatornationals at Gainesville, one of the sport’s oldest and most important annual events.
Impressed by his efforts and results, the NHRA hired him to join the Publicity Department in 1975, and joined his now long-time friend and oft-time collaborator, Dave Densmore (winner of the 2015 Founder’s Award). For 10 years, the pair charted an ambitious and highly effective effort to build rapport with the major media outlets in the markets where the major NHRA National Events were being contested. Throughout those years, the pair steadily grew the media recognition of the sport, and for the first time, the press room, starting line and pits had local newspapers and television stations following the events.
The North Carolina Motorsports Association will honor four-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon with its Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award during the 10th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
10th Annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank
January 13, 2016
The Concord Convention Hall – Embassy Suites Concord
Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m.
|Banquet TicketsPlatinum Level Table – $3,000 (Limited Availability)
– Premium Seating for Eight
– Logo Placement in Program/On Stage Screen
– Logo Recognition on Table
Gold Level Table – $2,000
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CV Products, LLC announced today that it is moving forward with its new direction to place an increased focus on its various manufacturing businesses and the distribution of performance engine components located in Thomasville, NC. CV Products is successfully transitioning its Mooresville, NC store location and Professional Race Service (PRS) Trackside programs to SRI Supplies. The Mooresville facility and PRS programs specialize in chassis, suspension and trackside products for the racing industry. SRI Supplies will operate under a new name, SRI Performance beginning December 1st. This transition is being done seamlessly, without interruption to the customers.
Clyde Vickers stated “CV Products has been in business for 27 years supplying quality racing components to the performance industry. We fully intend to maintain our focus of outstanding customer service and competitive pricing. CV’s future emphasis will align with our heritage, the #1 Supplier of Racing Engine Products in the Industry. We are proud of our manufacturing achievements and the leading brands that we have built. We will now shift our focus to accelerating their growth. It was important that we found someone to satisfy the racers needs for chassis parts, suspension parts and trackside supplies. Greg Fornelli and the SRI Performance team will do an excellent job in this regard.”
Greg Fornelli, the President of SRI stated, “With 20 years of experience in the motorsports distribution business, this opportunity is the next logical step in the evolution of Stock Car Steel & Aluminum and SRI. When Clyde announced that CV was exiting the chassis parts side of their distribution business, we immediately realized that a void would be created in the local and national market. Clyde and CV Products have built a stellar relationship with their customers over the years. We feel like combining the strengths of CV and SRI will lead to an overall increase in customer satisfaction and convenience.”
The SRI Performance store, located at 107 Overhill Dr., Mooresville, NC will open on December 1st 2015, with a focus on chassis parts and fabrication supplies. SRI Performance will attend its first trackside event December 2nd at 5 Flags Speedway for the 48th running of the Snowball Derby.
CV will continue operations from its 42 High Tech Blvd, Thomasville, NC location with a keen focus on supplying quality manufacturing capabilities and race engine related products to the performance racing community.
CV and SRI were built on racing solutions and customer service excellence. Both agree that this new direction will satisfy a common goal, helping the racing industry win.
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