Auto Club Speedway promotes from within to get new track president

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Dave Allen (pictured, right) has taken over as the new president of Auto Club Speedway, which hosts both NASCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Allen was previously the vice president of sales and marketing for the two-mile oval outside Los Angeles. In his new role as president, he replaces Gillian Zucker, who recently exited the motorsports arena to become president of business operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.

Allen will control the entire operations of both ACS and its drag-racing facility, Auto Club Dragway. He will report to John R. Saunders, president of track owner International Speedway Corporation.

“I’m so excited to lead this incredible group of professionals here at Auto Club Speedway,” said Allen in a statement. “Southern California is known for its strong car culture and racing history and I look forward to building on those traditions with the help of our staff and amazing fans.”

“Dave is a proven leader with a strong background and knowledge of the motorsports industry, the Inland Empire/L.A. markets and Auto Club Speedway,” added Saunders. “He brings experience and strong leadership skills needed to help continue to position Auto Club Speedway and motorsports for growth in Southern California.”

Allen has been with the track since 1999, when it was owned by Penske Motorsports and known as California Speedway. He was the track’s senior director of sales and marketing from 2002-2006 before he was elevated to vice president status, and in 2008, he and Zucker collaborated on the deal that gave the Auto Club of Southern California its current naming rights on the facility.

ACS hosts an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series weekend in March, and will host the Verizon IndyCar Series in late June 2015 after serving as site for IndyCar’s season finale from 2012-2014.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”