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There is a new championship leader and new challenges ahead as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES begins the second half of this competitive season.

Pato O’Ward’s victory in the second race of last weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit pushed the Arrow McLaren SP driver into the series lead heading to the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR on Sunday, June 20 at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. O’Ward is one point ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou with eight races remaining. Practice begins at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday (live on Peacock).

However, the initial focus of the Road America weekend centers on two injured drivers and their replacements.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay will not be medically cleared for this event following Tuesday’s surgery to repair a broken left clavicle injured in a cycling accident Monday. VeeKay, fifth in the season standings, is being replaced in the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew, who replaced Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist in the second Detroit race after the Swede was hospitalized in a crash in Race 1. As Rosenqvist is still not ready to return to the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, he will be replaced by Kevin Magnussen, a veteran of seven Formula One seasons who won last weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit.

VeeKay is the second ECR driver in six years to suffer such an injury. In 2016, Josef Newgarden broke his clavicle in a crash with Conor Daly at Texas Motor Speedway. Newgarden returned to the car 12 days later at INDYCAR’s next event — ironically, it was at Road America. If VeeKay follows a similar recovery timeline and can manage the pain, he could be back for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 2-4).

VeeKay is one of seven INDYCAR drivers to win a race this season. He captured his maiden series victory in the GMR Grand Prix on May 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Magnussen, 28, started 119 F1 races for the McLaren, Renault and Haas teams from 2014-20. His best finish came in his first race – second place in the Australian Grand Prix for McLaren. He spent four years as a Haas F1 teammate of INDYCAR rookie Romain Grosjean, who now drives the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR.

This weekend’s field stays at 25 car-and-driver combinations as NASCAR Cup Series and sports car driver Cody Ware makes his series debut in the No. 52 NURTEC ODT Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. Ware completed his first INDYCAR laps earlier this year in a test at Sebring International Raceway and recently participated in a rookie test day at Road America.

In addition to the INDYCAR SERIES, the REV Group Grand Prix weekend includes all three levels of the Road to Indy program.

Sunday’s 55-lap INDYCAR race opens with the television broadcast at noon (ET) on NBC Sports Network. The INDYCAR Radio Network will have all the action on INDYCAR.com, the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT DATA and SiriusXM 205.

Here are five things to watch this weekend:

O’Ward Brimming with Confidence

O’Ward became the first INDYCAR driver to win multiple races this season, ending a run of seven different winners to start the year. The way O’Ward muscled past four other standout competitors in the final seven laps of Sunday’s race illustrates the strength his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet should have in the second half of the season. He also snared a third-place finish the weekend’s first race, one of six top-four finishes in eight races this season.

A return to Road America should push O’Ward’s confidence to yet another level. He won his initial NTT P1 Award for last year’s second race at the picturesque 14-turn, 4.014-mile circuit, then finished second to Rosenqvist – then driving for Chip Ganassi Racing – in the race. That effectively was O’Ward’s breakout moment in INDYCAR, and he has seven top-three finishes since then. He has a pair of poles this season and has won two of the past five races.

O’Ward was not surprised to learn he had taken the series points lead when asked about it just after driving away from the field late in Sunday’s Detroit race.

“Yes, I can (believe it),” he said firmly. “The (crew has) been doing a great job. They deserve this. There’s still so much to go; we just need to stay on it and continue pushing.”

Like O’Ward, Palou (No. 10 NTT DATA Honda) is in his second full INDYCAR season and is in the championship fight for the first time. Palou won the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 and has remained in the top three of the standings since. He finished 15th and third, respectively, in the Detroit races. He earned his first career podium in Race 1 at Road America last year.

Track of Champions
Road America stands out as a track where INDYCAR champions reign.

The circuit in central Wisconsin, which opened in 1955, has hosted 31 races for U.S. open-wheel racing’s top division, and 25 times the winner was either a champion at the time or soon would be. That included a streak of 13 consecutive years from 1986-1998.

The championship-winning drivers to have won there includes three-time winners Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti, double winners Jacques Villeneuve, Paul Tracy and Scott Dixon along with single winners Danny Sullivan, Alex Zanardi, Dario Franchitti, Cristiano da Matta, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power and Josef Newgarden.


The Variety Show

There have been seven different winners in eight NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this season. Palou (Barber Motorsports Park), Colton Herta (Streets of St. Petersburg), Dixon (Texas Motor Speedway-1), O’Ward (Texas Motor Speedway-2, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2), VeeKay (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-1), Helio Castroneves (Indianapolis 500) and MarcusEricsson (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1) have all won in 2021.

The modern era record (1946-2021) for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.There are a handful of conspicuous absentees on the 2021 win list who all could contend for victory Sunday at Road America. The Team Penske trio of past season champions – Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power – each are looking for their first victories. So is the Indy 500-winning duo from Andretti Autosport – Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo of Graham Rahal and two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato also are still looking to enter Victory Lane for the first time this season.

An impressive variety of winners is a trend that started at the end of the 2020 season. Stretching back into last year, there have been nine different winners in the last 10 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races, adding Power (Harvest GP-2) and Newgarden (St. Petersburg) from last October.


This Weekend’s Schedule

INDYCAR returns to its regular three-round knockout qualifying session, which will air live on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday. NBCSN will televise the replay at midnight.

Unlike in Detroit, there will be two 45-minute practices, at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday and 11:10 a.m. (ET) Saturday. A final 30-minute practice, which serves as the race warmup, will be held after qualifying Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (ET). All practice sessions can be viewed on Peacock.Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 will have two races each, the first on Saturday and a second on Sunday.


The Rest of the Season

There are eight races completed and eight scheduled races remaining to settle the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship.

O’Ward and Palou are separated by a single point with Dixon, a six-time series champion, 36 points out of the lead in third. Newgarden is fourth in the standings, 51 points behind O’Ward. VeeKay and Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) both are five points behind Newgarden.Sunday’s race at Road America is the first of four permanent road course events to end the season. There are two temporary street races remaining with a short oval remaining.

The schedule:

Sunday: REV Group Grand Prix at Road America (road course)
Sunday, July 4: Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course)
Sunday, Aug. 8: Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tennessee (street circuit)
Saturday, Aug. 21: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway (oval)
Sunday, Sept. 12: Grand Prix of Portland (road course)
Sunday, Sept. 19: Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (road course)
Sunday, Sept. 26: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (street circuit)

News: United States Air Force 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix on Sunday, June 20.

25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing – Flight Leader, Captain, Stacia ‘TILT’ Madsen – pictured on the left.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 16, 2021 – Road America proudly welcomes the 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing for a military flyover during the pre-race ceremonies for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response on June 20. The squadron based out of Vance AFB, in Enid, Okla., will pilot four T-38’s across the sky to honor our country and pay tribute to America’s first responders during the National Anthem. 

“The flyover is one of the most memorable moments of race weekend, and we are honored to welcome the 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing,” said Road America President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher. “We are grateful to the service members who serve in our military, and we look forward to welcoming these brave pilots as we pay tribute to America’s first responders.” 

In addition to honoring our country and the military during pre-race ceremonies, all first responders including police, fire, and EMS receive FREE access for the entire NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response Weekend by showing proof of active status at the gate in the form of a department-issued ID, badge, copies of certifications or an active roster copy from their department on department letterhead.

The weekend schedule, June 17-20, will also be bolstered by Vintage Indy and the Radical Cup series, plus two junior development series of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000, and USF2000, of which many drivers of the NTT INDYCAR Series are graduates.

Tickets are available, and the paddock will be open to fans. Additional event details, ticket pricing, and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under is FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.

To plan your visit, check out Road America’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at www.roadamerica.com/faq###
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Scott Dixon Seeks His Third Road America Win in the NTT INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix Presented by American Medical Response

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 8, 2021 – Scott Dixon seeks his third Road America win in the REV Group Grand Prix Presented by American Medical Response on June 20 in Elkhart Lake but admits his memorable race moment at the 4.048-mile permanent road course wasn’t a victory.

Dixon was a CART Series rookie driving for PacWest Racing in 2001 when the New Zealander competed in his first event at the track.

A spirited battle between Dixon and Michael Andretti a couple of decades ago is the most vivid memory for the rookie of the year candidate.

“We had a hot battle,” Dixon said of Andretti, who won four open-wheel championships. “Michael kind of ran me off in the grass, the little straight there between (turns) three and four, and we made a bit of contact in five.”

Working on the tenth lap, Andretti overtook Dixon for sixth place in the first turn. Dixon bumped the back of Andretti’s car, which sent the car into a spin in turn five. Andretti recovered and continued.

“Getting my first win there was massive, but I think my memory there in racing Michael was definitely one that I think of the most,” Dixon said.

One of the best-known incidents in the 2001 race was when Memo Gidley hit the Billy Mitchell bridge concrete abutment in turn 13, and Dixon swiped the nose of Gidley’s spinning car. Gidley walked away with a broken arm.

“It was a pretty wild race,” recalled Dixon, who finished fourth that day.

The six-time IndyCar champion, who drives a Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, is the lone competitor to win two events in the series’ five races at the track.

Dixon started ninth in 2020 and passed Will Power on the final pit stop to lead 16 laps of the 55-lap race and won by a 2.538-second margin. Felix Rosenqvist won the second race of the Road America doubleheader last year.

Dixon’s first career victory at Road America occurred in 2017 when he was bolted in front of Josef Newgarden on a restart midway through the race and held off Newgarden on another restart.

The 40-year-old says he enjoys the competition and nuances of Road America.

“It’s an old-school American road course,” Dixon said. “It’s massive, it’s got elevation change, it’s got fast corners, it’s got slow corners, it’s got blind corners, and the risk vs. reward is very prominent as far as the unfortunate part of circuits.”

Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio are two of Dixon’s favorite American circuits along with Road America, but he ranks Road America, Watkins Glen, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria, New Zealand, in his top-three overall. Phillip Island’s track is a 3.3-mile, four-turn triangular circuit.

“My favorite worldwide would be Phillip Island,” Dixon said. “I really like Watkins Glen, and Road America is right up there.

“With Road America, it also is the small-town vibe, which is similar to those three circuits, in general. Where the town really gets behind it. As far as the history, side of it, Road America is huge as well.”

Dixon said there are many challenging and rewarding sections at Road America and added that it’s difficult to string together a perfect lap. The long period before corners is also an intriguing dynamic.

“It’s always got these tricky corners where you can gain a lot, but you can also lose a lot,” Dixon said. “For me, the complexities of turns five and six are very tough. It’s very easy to overextend yourself, and then that’s the same for 13 as well.

“Now, also, the entry to 14, the last corner, because of the difference you feel from apex to the small bump there. I guess compromised sums up the track the best. It’s almost impossible to get a perfect lap at that circuit, just because it’s so long, the actual layout of it, it’s tough to get it 100 percent correct.”

Like many amateur and professional drivers who’ve tackled Road America, Dixon likes the Carousel in turns nine and 10. The right-hand turn Carousel is nearly flat and drops downhill.

“I think everybody kind of really enjoys the Carousel just because it goes so long,” he said. “The Carousel, for me, is a trigger point in the race to create some really good overtaking, so I think I enjoy the carousel the most.”

The weekend schedule, June 17-20, will also be bolstered by Vintage Indy and the Radical Cup series, plus two junior development series of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000, and USF2000, of which many drivers of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are graduates.

Tickets are available, and fans are welcome. Additional event details, ticket pricing, and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under is FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.

To plan your visit, check out Road America’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at www.roadamerica.com/faq


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FANS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE PADDOCK AT THE 2021 REV GROUP GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE AND IMSA SPORTS CAR WEEKEND

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., May 26, 2021 – As the NTT INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response welcomes fans again at America’s National Park of Speed, June 17-20, attendees will also be able to access the paddock free of charge. Additionally, at this year’s IMSA SportsCar Weekend, August 5-8, all fans will once again be welcome in the paddock, where race teams and drivers prepare the cars that compete on the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit. Tickets are now available for both events at www.roadamerica.com

“We are fortunate that our fans understood the situation we faced last season, and now they have the opportunity to get closer to the action at Road America,” said Mike Kertscher, Road America’s President and General Manager. “So don’t wait, get your tickets online now, print them at home and get ready for an action-packed summer at America’s National Park of Speed.” 

The REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response weekend schedule, June 17-20, will also be bolstered by Vintage Indy and the Radical Cup series, plus two junior development series of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, including the Indy Pro 2000, and USF2000, of which many drivers of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES are graduates. Additionally, all first responders including Police, Fire, and EMS will receive FREE access for the entire NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response weekend by showing proof of active status at the gate in the form of a department-issued ID or badge. 

The IMSA SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, August 5-8, will be one of the most incredible weekends of sports car racing in the world. Fans will get to see the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Saturday, with the WeatherTech® SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, plus races from the IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup North America and the Mazda MX-5 Cup. 

Every general admission ticket includes walk-in access to the paddock. Bicycles must be walked in the paddock, and due to space considerations, golf cart access may be restricted in high-traffic areas. 

Tickets are available, and fans are welcome. Additional event details, ticket pricing, and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under is FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.

To plan your visit, check out Road America’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at www.roadamerica.com/faq

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Vintage Indy Returns to Road America as Part of the INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix Presented by AMR Weekend June 17-20

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., February 9, 2021 – Road America is proud to announce that Vintage Indy™ will return to the event line-up for the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR weekend, June 17-20. Fans are welcome to the 4-day event weekend and are encouraged to follow safe practices, such as social distancing or wearing a cloth face-covering where social distancing is difficult to maintain. 
During the event, several historic open-wheel race cars will traverse the 4.048-mile road course in multiple sessions demonstrating the cars on-track, sandwiched between breaks where spectators can visit a designated paddock area to see the machines up close and personal. All on track appearances will again be paced by the Johnny Lightning Special inspired Miles Ahead™ MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Jr.
For those unaware, Vintage Indy™ dedicates itself to the history and preservation of “Indianapolis Championship Cars” created between 1911 and 1997.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

  • Online: Visit www.roadamerica.com Tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Print your tickets to save time and enjoy a contactless experience at the gates. 
  • Phone: Call 800-365-RACE or 920-892-4576 between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.
  • In-Person: Visit the Road America Ticket Office at the Road America Administration Building off of State Highway 67 (Gate 6) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.

Gates open at 7 a.m. and races run rain or shine. For more information, call 800-365-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadamerica.com
Anyone 16-years-old and under are always FREE with a paying adult at the gate. 
All active-duty first responders will receive FREE entry to the REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response weekend. First responders, including law enforcement, fire, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, will be admitted free of charge by showing valid identification indicating active service in the form of a department-issued ID, badge, copies of certifications or an active roster copy from their department on department letterhead. FREE admission must be redeemed at the gate and is only valid during the event weekend. 
Additional protocols and guidelines for guests planning to attend can be found at www.roadamerica.com/safety

United States Air Force 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

United States Air Force 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix Presented by American Medical Response on Sunday, June 23      Photo Credit – Vance AFB ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 12, 2019  – Road America proudly welcomes the 25th Flying Training…

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ROAD AMERICA NAMES HENRY REPEATING ARMS AS NEW LANDMARK SPONSOR

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., JUNE 12, 2019 – Road America and Henry Repeating Arms have reached an agreement that will make Henry Repeating Arms the new landmark sponsor of Road America’s Turn 10 Bridge. “We are thrilled to launch this new partnership and we are proud to be associated with a company as involved and committed to expanding…

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CHEVROLET DELIVERS 2019 CORVETTE PACE CARS IN ELKHART LAKE BLUE TO ROAD AMERICA

– Chevrolet Pays Tribute to One of America’s Greatest Road Courses –   ELKHART LAKE, Wis., May 14, 2019 – Chevrolet recently unveiled its 2019 Corvette in Elkhart Lake Blue and five of the new Corvettes will be featured as official pace cars for the 2019 season at America’s National Park of Speed. Road America took…

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REV GROUP NAMED TITLE SPONSOR FOR NTT INDYCAR SERIES EVENT AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 16, 2019 – REV Group, Inc., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services, has signed on to be the title sponsor of the June 20-23, NTT IndyCar Series event at Road America, the race on June 23 will be known as the REV Group Grand Prix and will be televised on NBC beginning at 11 a.m., central.
“REV is excited to be the title sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series event at Road America,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of REV Group, “Road America is one of North America’s premier road courses, and a proud part of our community. Motorsports is an effective platform for REV to connect with our customers and showcase the technology, engineering and quality we put into our vehicles. We are using the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America to pay tribute to first responders, sharing our appreciation for the dedicated people who use our vehicles each day to serve their communities.”
As part of REV’s entitlement of the NTT IndyCar REV Grand Group Prix weekend, June 20-23, REV will create a unique hospitality and race experience to salute first responders at the event. Additionally, vehicles from E-ONE, AEV, Wheeled Coach and Fleetwood RV and other REV brands will be prominently featured and on display allowing fans to get a close look at the REV specialty vehicles that equip first responders and enrich the RV lifestyle.
As the parent company of 30 specialty vehicle brands, REV connects and protects communities around the world with a lineup of vehicle brands that span the bus, emergency (fire and ambulance), recreation and specialty markets. REV’s lineup of brands features vehicles that help fight fires, transport patients to hospitals, shuttle travelers to airports and children to schools, and create memorable experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. More than 240,000 REV vehicles are in service today across America- a bumper-to-bumper feat that stretches from New York City to Dallas.
“REV Group is a great fit for Road America,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America’s Senior Consultant and former President and General Manager. “They have a unique cadre of brands that have been instrumental in moving America forward. From first responders to families, REV emanates American pride and American success through its diverse vehicle brands. We feel that REV will incorporate itself very well with Road America’s fan base while rewarding first responders through this entitlement. We are very excited to have them on board in such a prestigious capacity.”
The NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix weekend takes center stage at Road America June 20-23 where an international lineup of drivers will have their chance to battle it out for glory on one of the world’s most revered road courses. The first NTT IndyCar race at Road America took place in 1982, when Hector Rebaque was crowned as the winner. In 2000, Dario Franchitti set the track record with a lap of 1 minute, 39.866 seconds (145.924 mph) set in qualifying for the 2000 race. Legendary drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi have each won three times at Road America, while Jacques Villeneuve and Paul Tracy were two-time winners on the high-speed course. Since the NTT IndyCar Series returned in 2016, Will Power, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden have earned titles at the storied circuit.
Tickets are available and additional event details, ticket pricing, a tentative event schedule and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under are FREE with a paying adult at the gate. All races will run rain or shine.
About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.

ROAD AMERICA PROMOTES KERTSCHER TO PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 
 
 
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 8, 2019 – Road America today announced it has promoted Michael Kertscher to President and General Manager. Kertscher will replace current President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, who will transition into a senior consulting position for Elkhart Lake’s Road America, Inc.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this new role and build upon the momentum this exceptional group of people have established,” Kertscher said. “Road America is a revered facility and through George’s leadership it has grown and evolved into the premiere road course in North America. Our staff has tremendous passion for enhancing the fan experience and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing incredible events and experiences at America’s National Park of Speed.”
Kertscher, who joined Road America in 2007, began as Programs Manager overseeing the development of its group adventure programs, plus many successful motorcycle and driving school programs. Kertscher was promoted to Director of Business Development in 2014 and Vice President of Business Development in 2017, where he took on added responsibility by overseeing track rentals and hospitality functions while driving partnership development to support Road America’s core event management initiatives. Kertscher moved into a Senior Vice President role in 2018 overseeing all operations of the facility under the guidance and direction of Bruggenthies as part of the overall transition process.
“Mike has worked tirelessly to become one of the top professionals in our industry,” Bruggenthies said, “His contributions extend well beyond directing our programs and business development units. His vision, perspective and work ethic have allowed him to earn a senior leadership position as part of an overall leadership team that has us well positioned for the future.”
Bruggenthies has accepted a new position as Senior Consultant, taking a leadership role in sponsorship relations and facility development at Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc. Bruggenthies has been with Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc., for more than 20 years both as a leader and vintage competitor. Under his stewardship the track has seen massive infrastructure improvements, with many new buildings, features, and track and safety improvements. The track’s profits are consistently reinvested, and every year fans can see many visible major improvements. As such, the track continues to prosper as America’s National Park of Speed.
Road America season passes and 2019 event tickets are now available. Reservations are also being accepted for Road America’s new on site cabins allowing fans to stay and play at America’s National Park of Speed. To purchase season passes, tickets, reserve cabins or learn more about upcoming events at Road America, please visit Road America online at www.roadamerica.com or call 800-365-RACE (7223).
About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.
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