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Views & Notes: November 2016 Edition
By Dan Schechner on November 18, 2016

* All Business: We’re pleased to announce that a top-notch panel of presenters, headlined by Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles, is being assembled for the 5th annual Race Track Business Conference (RTBC-2016) at this year’s PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis. The conference, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in Rooms 208–209 of the Indiana Convention Center, once again brings together track owners, operators and key stakeholders to discuss a range of topics, challenges and opportunities unique to this segment of the industry.

“The RTBC-2016 will continue the dialogue for motorsports professionals away from the track,” said Tim Frost, publisher of National Speedway Directory, which is presenting the conference. “From risk management to track operations to sanctions to safety to media, we expect to present a wide variety of sessions with expert panelists.”

Atop this year’s slate of presenters is Boles, who’s responsible for all day-to-day operations at IMS, including events such as the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Brickyard 400, among others. Boles, who previously served as COO, VP of communications, and PR director for IMS, was also a founding partner of Panther Racing, whose roster of IndyCar drivers included Scott Goodyear, Sam Hornish, Jr., Dan Wheldon, Ed Carpenter and J.R. Hildebrand. Joining Boles on the RTBC-2016 stage throughout the day will be more than a dozen industry leaders representing a host of different categories, including Ron Knoch of DIESEL Motorsports, Jim Liaw of Formula Drift, John Oreovicz of ESPN, Chip Pankow of Red Bull Global Rally Cross, Paul Pfanner of Racer Magazine, and Ralph Sheheen of Turn 3 Media, to name a few.

Cost to attend the 2016 Race Track Business Conference is $250, which includes lunch and program materials. Additional information can be found at www.racetrackbusinessconference.com or by contacting Frost directly at twfrost@speedwaysonline.com or 847/853-0294.

* Recommended Reading: When asked about the timing behind his newly published biography, NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon explained, “I purposely waited until I retired from driving so the book would encompass my entire career. People are going to be able to read about me like they’ve never read about me before.” Penned by New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner, Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny is indeed a frank, sometimes brutally candid look inside the childhood, rise to prominence, and pivotal life experiences of a true racing legend. In fact, the author draws on 15 months’ worth of extensive access to Gordon—at the race track, at special events, and at his home—as well as in-depth interviews with dozens of family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues, some of whom have never gone on the record before. The nearly 200-page book also contains exclusive unseen and rare material from Gordon’s personal photo and memorabilia collection. With an official release date of November 22 (visit store.jeffgordon.com to pre-order), it will also be available for purchase during the 2016 PRI Trade Show—at the PRI Store in the lobby area outside the Yellow Exhibit Hall of the Indiana Convention Center….

Considered among the most recognizable personalities in the history of motorsports, Linda Vaughn has charmed and inspired generations of racers and fans with her grace, charisma, and incomparable spirit. And what stories she tells! In her recently released biography Linda Vaughn: The First Lady Of Motorsports, the iconic Miss Hurst Golden Shifter offers an unfiltered and deeply personal account of her extraordinary life thus far. Packed with more than 500 photos, it traces her early days growing up in rural Dalton, Georgia, to her reign as Miss Atlanta Raceway (“That was 1961. They had a bathing suit and an evening dress competition…. The evening dress was beautiful, but I looked pretty damn good in that white bathing suit, too.”) through her years with Hurst, appearances at countless top races and industry events, experiences in television and Hollywood, and so much more. It’s a total page-turner, and those who’ve been fortunate enough to meet or know Linda Vaughn will hear her voice, her heart, and her beautiful soul come to life in this long-awaited—and sincerely satisfying—memoir, which can be purchased online at www.cartechbooks.com/linda or by calling publisher CarTech at 800/551-4754.
  

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Dan Schechner is the Editor of Performance Racing Industry Magazine.
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