Race track promoters and circuit operators from around the world will converge on Orlando, Fla., Nov. 29-30 as the Professional Motorsports Circuit Owners and Operators Convention becomes the newest addition to Race Industry Week in conjunction with the 24th annual PRI Trade Show at the Orange County Convention Center. The convention will look at a wide variety of issues of the industry, from attracting more spectators, maximizing revenue and track investments to safety issues and track maintenance, while also keeping an eye on the future with the latest developments in technology. “The timing of the event is perfect coming as it does at the end of the season for many tracks, precisely when they are looking to make changes, improvements and upgrades for the season to come,” said Sam Gee, conference director. “The Convention will be timely and accessible, as well deepen the level of expertise on offer. Track owners, investors, operators, and suppliers will all benefit with the added opportunity for suppliers and consultants to showcase and explain their products and services in the new networking and information area. And co-location with PRI makes perfect sense for all involved.” World-renowned track designed Alan Wilson will chair the conference. Presenters will come from a variety of areas including sanctioning bodies, road courses, drag racing facilities, short tracks and auto manufacturers. Among the featured speakers is Derek Muldowney, Exec. VP, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Track Services; Gill Campbell, general manager, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Bob Defazio, Toyota Speedway at Irwindale; Aaron Polburn, president, International Hot Rod Association (IHRA); Seth Angel, VP and general manager, Royal Purple Raceway; Kevin Kennedy, director, public affairs, Ford Racing; Scot Elkins, VP of operations, International Motor Sports Association; and Bill Braniff, P.E, senior director of construction, NATC ISC, among others. Conference Program Tuesday, Nov. 29 How have other facilities increased revenue? The Top 10 motorsports track investments: getting payback on your outlay Investing in new facilities: Adding a kart track Panel discussion: should you add a drag strip to your race park? Intelligent marketing on a budget Wednesday November 30 Next-generation Safety systems Interactive Panel discussion: Liability - where should your focus be? Noise! Your fans want it, but what can you get away with? Resurfacing your track: Getting it right for the long haul and performance Next-generation track management systems: from electronic marshalling to timing solutions
“Our race industry sales begin with the tracks and circuits we race upon,” said Steve Lewis, PRI show producer. “There’s so much competition for the entertainment dollar that it is crucial for tracks to provide a great value for fans in a clean, safe facility. That’s why a conference like this is so important and to have it here during Race Industry Week is invaluable to improve the businesses of race tracks as well as allowing them to interact with suppliers in one exhibit hall.” The convention is one of no less than six major events during Race Industry Week that will take place in conjunction with this year’s PRI Trade Show, which will run Dec. 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The 24th Annual PRI Trade Show features the latest product lines of 1,100 manufacturers of racing and high-performance automotive components, as well as precision machining equipment. It will be attended by approximately 40,000 racing business people from all over the United States, and from 65 countries. For more information, go to www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow.
From hoseheads press release 10-13-2011