Daytona Beach, FL – The International Speedway Corporation (ISC) made some big announcements regarding promotions recently.
On Monday, ISC announced that Joie Chitwood III, Executive VP of ISC and President of DIS, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of ISC. At the same time, ISC announced that Chip Wile was being promoted to Chitwoods previous position as President of DIS.
“Joie has played a tremendous role in the success of our flagship racetrack at Daytona International Speedway since 2010,” said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO. “Most recently, his leadership of the Daytona Rising Project, while simultaneously operating the facility, has demonstrated his operational acumen.”
Chitwood’s promotion to the newly-formed role of COO follows his oversight of the Company’s largest ever development – the $400 million Daytona Rising construction project which saw the DIS turned into the worlds first motorsports stadium. In his new role as COO of ISC, Chitwood will oversee ISC enterprise facility operations and will work to strengthen key industry initiatives.
“Joie’s promotion is well deserved and reflects his achievements and increased role in the Company’s future,” said John Saunders, ISC President. “He brings a distinct passion, creativity, and drive to this new role and we look forward to his contributions.”
Chip Wile was the promoter for one of NASCAR’s most successful events in the 2015 season – the Bojangles’ Southern 500. During his 2 years as President of Darlington Raceway, Wile spearheaded a 5-year plan to reinvent the raceway by hosting an inaugural Throwback Campaign for NASCAR’s return to Darlington on Labor Day weekend. He also reengaged the community by hosting nearly 15 events, annually. In his new role, Wile will oversee the promotion and operation of the new DIS starting with the Country 500 on Memorial Day weekend, which is followed by the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.
“Chip personifies the ideal track president being someone who values relationship building as the catalyst for collaboration and promotion,” said Kennedy. “He not only operates with a fan-first mentality, but is deeply community-focused and a real team player, all of which will serve him well in this new roll.”
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