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By Dan Schechner on March 6, 2017

* Taking Ownership: Congratulations are in order for Drake and Kimberly Nelson, who recently took over full operation and ownership of Oregon’s Coos Bay Speedway. The couple in late January announced the deal with longtime owner/promoter Chuck Prather, who had rebuilt the multi-track facility over the past decade.

In fact, the Nelsons are no strangers to the role, having been involved in race promotion since the early 2000s. What’s more, Drake’s father and grandfather promoted Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho, in the 1970s and ’80s; Drake’s brother runs the track today. And Drake himself has been associated with Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho, and Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Oregon. He spent five...

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By Dave Argabright on March 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: PRI recently sat down with David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, to discuss several topics for our March 2017 Industry Insights column. What follows is previously unpublished content from that interview, conducted by PRI columnist Dave Argabright. For the complete Industry Insights column in PRI Magazine’s March 2017 issue, please click here  

PRI: The concept of an Asian automotive company in NASCAR was the subject of considerable discussion [two decades ago]. Were there cultural elements to overcome? And do you sense that the culture has changed in 2017?

Wilson...

By Dan Schechner on February 13, 2017

Widely considered the most decorated—and creative—promoter in the history of NASCAR auto racing, H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler has amassed an unparalleled list of career accomplishments. He’s reached legendary status for, among other achievements, bringing night racing to Charlotte Motor Speedway while more than doubling CMS’ seating capacity; taking the company he co-founded, Speedway Motorsports, public as the first racing firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange; and serving as director of racing at Firestone Rubber & Tire Co. at a pivotal point in the company’s history.

Perhaps lesser-known—but no less significant—among his contributions to the sport: In 2003, Wheeler launched the acclaimed Motorsports Management program...

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By Drew Hardin on February 3, 2017

Imagine you’re an engineering student presented with the opportunity to spend a year working for Infiniti and its Formula 1 racing partner, the Renault Sport team. It’s a deep immersion across vehicle platforms, the chance to learn from and work with veteran engineers on technical challenges facing production and competition vehicles.
 
That’s exactly what happened for seven fortunate students from around the world when they earned a spot at the 2016/17 Infiniti Engineering Academy.
 
In just its third year, the Academy fielded some 4000 applications from seven global regions: the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Emirates, China, and Asia-Oceana...

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