Dover Motorsports has announced that Michael Tatoian will become the new track president of Dover International Speedway, effective Jan. 2, 2015.
Tatoian, who will retain his current position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dover Motorsports, will continue to report to the company’s president and CEO, Denis McGlynn.
Tatoian has been important in bringing additional events to Dover International Speedway beyond its two annual NASCAR weekends, including the Firefly Music Festival and the new Big Barrel Country Music Festival.
The four-day Firefly attracts 80,000 people per day, and now Dover will look for similar success with Big Barrel in June of 2015.
In an interview with the Delaware State News, Tatoian indicates that many of his current duties will remain the same as he takes over as president. In his words, “[his] plate will just get fuller.”
“I think it’s a privilege to be in the sports industry and to be able to be in the position where you have the ability to impact so many lives and fans, positively creating memories,” Tatoian added.
Tatoian has more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of professional sports, including ownership, management and operations. In previous jobs, he oversaw the development and management of multiple franchises in minor league sports and indoor football.
“Mike joined us eight years ago and immediately immersed himself into the operations and culture of our team while earning the respect of both his co-workers and those outside the company as well,” McGlynn said in his statement.
“Mike is a valuable and popular contributor to our efforts here and Dover International Speedway will benefit from his leadership for many years to come.”