Dover International Speedway names new track president

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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.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.