The merger between NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is completed. The new company will continue under the NASCAR name and will retain its primary headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Familiar faces will serve in leadership positions in the new NASCAR. Jim France will be the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Lesa France Kennedy will serve as the Executive Vice Chair. Steve Phelps will oversee all operations of the company as the appointed President.
“The merger of NASCAR and ISC represents a historic moment for our sport,” France said in a NASCAR press release. “There is much work ahead of us, but we’re pleased with the progress made to position our sport for success. Delivering for our race fans and partners is job number one, and we look forward to doing that better than ever for years to come.”
Serving on the Board of Directors alongside France and France Kennedy will be Mike Helton and Garry Crotty, Chief Legal Officer. Reporting to Phelps will be Ed Bennett, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer; Jill Gregory, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing and Content Officer; Craig Neeb, Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer; Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer; and Daryl Wolfe, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations and Sales Officer.
Helton and John Saunders will serve as senior advisors under the company’s new leadership structure.
“With great racing across all of our series, an exciting 2020 schedule on tap, and the Next Gen race car in development, we are better positioned than ever before to lead the sport into a new era of growth,” said Phelps in a NASCAR press release. “We have a strong, experienced leadership team in place with incredibly dedicated employees at every level throughout our organization. Our best days are ahead of us and our new organization is going to allow us to better deliver great racing to our fans everywhere.”
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Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.
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Deck chairs on the Titanic..
Conspicuously absent is the brilliant idea man Brian. I suppose the next time he is mentioned is his induction in the NA$CAR Hall of Fame and we will see him next butchering his induction speech.
“Delivering for our race fans and partners is job number one, and we look forward to doing that better than ever for years to come.”
We know he should have said, “Delivering for our shareholders and partners is job number one, and we look forward to doing that better than ever for years to come.”
I want some of what they’re taking. Their happy pills seem to work!