ISC Visit to Michael Waltrip Racing




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ISC Executives and Track Presidents Visit Michael Waltrip Racing to See What It Takes to Prepare for a Race

Daytona Beach, Fla. – March 17, 2010 – Track leaders from all twelve International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) NASCAR racing facilities and several executives from the company’s headquarters in Daytona Beach paid a special visit to Michael Waltrip Racing (“MWR”) last week.  While there, they received an up close and personal look at all the hard work that goes into preparing to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Joie Chitwood III, Vice President of Business Operations at ISC, was excited for his team to learn what it’s like behind the scenes.  Chitwood said, “It’s an opportunity for us as an organization to get together and learn some things about the industry that we might not know.”

So, while most of the race teams enjoyed their weekend away from the shop, this group went to work at Michael Waltrip Racing and got a crash course in race preparation.

First on the agenda was a practice session with the pit crew.  After some brief stretching exercises, the team was ready to go.  MWR crew members walked the group through several very important pit road techniques including tire changing, lifting the car and wielding the gas can during a typical stop.  After a couple attempts at each technique, the team ran through a few live action practice pit stops.  While they were a few seconds off the pace of a professional pit crew, they didn’t look too bad for a bunch of beginners.

Next, the crew got a chance to lend a hand in preparing the vehicle to race.  After suiting up in protective clothing and receiving some brief instructions on the painting process, it was time to get started.  The ISC team split their time between painting specially designed pit road signs and applying a few coats of base paint to the frame of the car.

The last stop on the tour was the decal station.  There, the team put the finishing touches on one of the MWR cars.  After some creative differences and debates on decal locations, the paint scheme finally started to come together and the car looked like it was ready to race.

Chitwood concluded, “We’re so thankful to the good folks at Michael Waltrip Racing for making sure we got our hands a little bit dirty and learned what it’s like to do what they do each week!”

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities.  The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.  In addition, ISC promotes major motorsports activities in Montreal, Quebec, through its subsidiary, Stock-Car Montreal, Inc.

The Company also owns and operates MRN® Radio, the nation's largest independent sports radio network; the Daytona 500 Experience®, the “Ultimate Motorsports Attraction” in Daytona Beach, Florida, and official attraction of NASCAR®; and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise.  In addition, ISC has an indirect 50 percent interest in Motorsports Authentics®, which markets and distributes motorsports-related merchandise licensed by certain competitors in NASCAR racing.  For more information, visit the Company's Web site at  

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