Fontana track president Gillian Zucker takes job with NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers

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One of motorsports’ most powerful women is trading in the race track for the basketball court.

Gillian Zucker, who has served as president of International Speedway Corporation’s Auto Club Speedway since 2005, has been announced as the new president of business operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.

“I am extremely happy to add a leader like Gillian to our team,” said Clippers team owner Steve Ballmer in a statement. “Her clear and creative business vision, innovative approach to marketing and experience working in the Los Angeles sports market make her the perfect fit to lead the Clippers during this transcendent time.”

The two-mile ACS currently hosts NASCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series, which had staged its season finale there but will shift its 2015 appearance in Southern California to the end of June. NASCAR also ran a second fall weekend at ACS during Zucker’s tenure, from 2004 to 2010.

“What an exciting time to be part of the L.A. Clippers,” Zucker said in her own thoughts. “There’s something special happening in this organization that has captured the attention of Los Angeles, the NBA and the nation. [Team owner] Steve Ballmer’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. We are just getting started.”

As ACS president, Zucker was responsible for all of the track’s business units including marketing, public relations, ticketing, accounting and operations.

Prior to attaining that role, Zucker was vice president of business and development for Daytona International Speedway. She joined ISC in 1998 as director of business development for Kansas Speedway, and was soon promoted to vice president of operational development there.