INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 ˆ Veteran sports publicist Tom Surber recently joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as public relations manager.
Indiana native Surber will be responsible for media relations and promotions for IMS and its three world-class events, the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
„As a native Hoosier, I‚ve always had the greatest respect for the history, tradition and majesty of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what it means to sports fans around the world,‰ Surber said. „Having the opportunity to work for IMS is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.‰
Surber comes to IMS after working as media information manager at USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long distance running and race walking, since 1987. He assisted local, regional and international media with coverage of competitions worldwide, including the IAAF World Championships, and has worked with U.S. Olympic greats such as Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
During his tenure at USATF, Surber also assisted with game-day operations for the Indianapolis Colts and was statistician for NBC‚s television coverage of Notre Dame home football games.
Surber also served as media/public relations manager for the Indianapolis Checkers hockey team from 1985-87 and worked during the early 1980s on the sports staff at WPFR-FM and WTWO television in Terre Haute, Ind.
„I‚m excited to welcome Tom to our talented, dedicated staff of professionals,‰ said Mark Dill, IMS vice president of marketing and public relations. „Tom‚s vast experience in sports public relations will strengthen existing relationships with worldwide media and find new avenues to promote IMS and its extraordinary events.‰
Surber received a bachelor‚s degree in journalism, with a minor in broadcasting, in 1980 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
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Fans to enjoy unprecedented access to legends of the Speedway


INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – Indianapolis 500 fans will be treated to a reunion with many of their favorite drivers Saturday, May 28, as many of the 269 living veterans of the race plan to return for the spectacular, fan-friendly event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The “World’s Largest Autograph Session” is one of the highlights of new fan attractions scheduled at IMS the day before the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500. Every living driver from the Indianapolis 500 has been invited to IMS for Race Weekend, with many indicating they will return, including some who raced in the roadster era of the 1950s.

“One consistent message has come through loud and clear during our conversations with fans – they love the rich history of the Indianapolis 500,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. president and chief executive officer. “We have the greatest fans in the world, and we want to provide them with the history and memories they cherish. They are going to love it.”

Fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect with their heroes for autographs, photos and maybe even a little conversation during the new autograph session with veteran drivers from noon-4 p.m.

Other exciting features of the day include:

•A full-scale memorabilia show already so popular that vendor space sold out within 48 hours.

•A display of vintage sprint and midget race cars, with several driven by the greatest legends of the Brickyard: Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford and the Unsers.

•Book signings featuring authors of new books about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its history.

•The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will be open with its incredible new exhibition of 67 Indianapolis 500-winning cars.

All of this entertainment will be presented along with the traditional offerings at the Speedway on the day before the Indy 500, such as the Field of 33 drivers’ autograph session from 9-10 a.m. and the annual drivers’ meeting with awards presentations and last-minute instructions. The Field of 33 drivers’ autograph session will be enhanced by the inclusion of most of the 27 living winners of the Indianapolis 500.

Drivers from across the decades, some coming from great distances, have confirmed their attendance at this event and the entire race weekend. Three examples are Teo Fabi, Kenny Brack and Don Edmunds.

Fabi is traveling from his native Italy. Former Formula One and CART star Fabi won the pole for the 1983 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He also scored four victories the same year, finishing second in the championship.

1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Brack is returning to the Speedway from his home in London. Brack, a native of Sweden, won nine Indy-style races during his career and the 1998 IZOD IndyCar Series championships. He is also an accomplished musician best known in racing circles for his rock song “Legend of the Speedway” about four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, who owned the car Brack drove to victory at Indianapolis.

Edmunds drove a Kurtis-Kraft Offenhauser roadster to 19th place in the 1957 Indianapolis 500, winning the Rookie of the Year award in his only “500″ start. Edmunds continued his career in sprint cars and midgets, earning Hall of Fame honors for his success.


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First Race Date April 2 at Florence Motor Speedway

Timmonsville SC (Monday, March 21, 2011) – April 2nd is only a couple of weeks away and the anticipation is building for another exciting season of local short track racing at Florence Motor Speedway. There has been a lot of practice taking place and a surprising number of drivers have decided to move up to the rank of late model competition. Drivers like Russ Turner Jr. and Jarrett Smith that were super talents in the 4 Cylinder Stock division and Tyler Howell along with Strom Altman Jr. will be campaigning with the elders as Serious Young Guns. This next generation of racers have racing, in their blood and wins in their racing, resumes will be working hard to obtain the same results against proven winners, Averitt Lucas the 2010 Late Model Champion and previous champions Wayne Locklair, Rudy Branham, and Archie Adams Sr..
Other division that will provide three wide racing exhilaration will be Super Stock, Street Stock, Stock 4 and Bombers. If you’re tired of watching a boring 500-mile race from your e-z chair, load up your barbeque grill/coolers and head to Florence Motor Speedway this April 2nd. Experience some first hand excitement with the local boys, as the racing gets under way at 7 pm. You might even make friends with and become a crewmember of your favorite driver to share the experience of short track racing. Not only will there be racing at the asphalt track, but the dirt oval Kart track will be open as well.
If you’ve never experienced Kart racing here’s your chance. Right next to the asphalt track is brand new Kart track that will also provide 4-wheel excitement and possibly more racing champions? Your general admission ticket includes access to both tracks of the Florence Motor Speedway complex.
General Admission: Adults (13 and up) $10.00 Children (8 to 12 years) $5.00 Children (7 and under) FREE. Special Events: $12 and up and Group discounts for 25 or more fans. These ticket prices are for all qualifying races and five (5) feature races at the asphalt track and plus the action of the FMS Kart track.
For more information visit the Florence Motor Speedway website at

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About will be converting to a weekly post of information on the website.  While not a lot of information is accumulated from action in South Carolina, it is a result of race track promoter’s having their own websites, not having a press representative or just a, who really cares about his customers.  If you as a race fan have information about racing in South Carolina, feel free to send it to me for publication on this blog!!

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