Torrey Galida named president of Richard Childress Racing

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For the first time in the history of Richard Childress Racing, namesake owner Richard Childress will not carry the title of company president.

RCR announced Wednesday that chief operating officer Torrey Galida has been promoted to company president. Childress, meanwhile, will retain his title as chief executive officer, as well as assume a new title of company chairman.

“Since coming on board with us in July 2011, Torrey Galida has been a great asset to RCR,” Childress said in a team media release. “He has helped guide us through many changes for the better and I feel he is the perfect person to continue doing that for our team.”

Childress, who turns 69 in September, insists he’s not retiring or stepping back in the leadership of his namesake company.

“This does not mean I am slowing down in any capacity at RCR,” Childress said. “This just means I am freeing myself up to be involved in other, more strategic aspects of the company to benefit our overall operation and performance.”

Galida came to RCR after stints as general manager for TRG Motorsports, president of Millsport Motorsports, chief marketing officer at Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Motor Company where he held a number of roles including vice president of marketing for Ford of Canada and global motorsports marketing manager for Ford Racing Technology.

“I have an immense amount of respect for Richard Childress and the incredible racing organization he has built,” said Galida, who assumes his new role immediately, according to team officials. “I am honored to have the opportunity to play a key role in the continued success of RCR.”

Galida will oversee day-to-day operations and also serve on the RCR board of directors.

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Defending winner Takuma Sato to grace front of 2018 Indy 500 tickets

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled what the ticket for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will look like.

The ticket features blue and red foil stamped with a sculptural embossing of last year’s 500 winner, Takuma Sato, in victory lane, holding the ceremonial winner’s bottle of milk. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, driving for Andretti Autosport.

The ticket was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse that featured Sato, now with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as well as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton.

The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held Sunday, May 27 at IMS.

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