Rick Humphrey Named President of Talladega Superspeedway
Grant Lynch To Serve As Senior Vice President of Business Operations For International Speedway Corporation
Rick Humphrey has been named President of Talladega Superspeedway and Grant Lynch has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Operations for International Speedway Corporation (ISC), speedway officials announced today.
Humphrey, who has served as Vice President & General Manager of the 2.66-mile superspeedway since 2002, will assume his duties immediately.
"I am honored International Speedway Corporation has the confidence in me to take on this role and I realize what big shoes I have to fill," said Humphrey. "Talladega Superspeedway has been my home for over a decade and I am confident and committed, along with my entire staff, to continue to preserve the history and success of this facility."
He joined Talladega Superspeedway in 1997 as the director of public relations and also served as director of operations approximately one year before being promoted to his most recent position of Vice President & General Manager.
Humphrey, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., began his motorsports career in 1993 as a public relations representative for the McDonald's Racing Team and drivers Jimmy Spencer and Hut Stricklin. From 1994 - 1996, he worked for then series sponsor R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Sports Marketing Enterprises as assistant manager.
He received a degree in journalism from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., where he was a four-year member and letter winner of the college's baseball team.
Humphrey and his wife, Trisha, reside in Lincoln and have two children, Sam and Caroline.
In addition to Humphrey's new position, Lynch has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Operations for ISC, the parent company of Talladega Superspeedway.
Lynch most recently served as President of Talladega Superspeedway and Vice President of ISC, where he has held both positions since 1993.
"I am very proud of Rick and am certain Talladega Superspeedway will continue to thrive under his leadership," Lynch said. "This is a great opportunity for him and also gives me a chance to utilize my knowledge of the sport and my experience at the track level to assist ISC in becoming an even stronger leader in the motorsports community."
Lynch's new corporate duties will include overseeing numerous ISC subsidiaries, including the company's 13 wholly-owned and/or operated racetracks and Americrown Service Corporation. Humphrey will report directly to Lynch.
Since Lynch's arrival in 1993 and Humphrey's in 1997, the track has expanded from 63,000 seats and 200 acres of Overnight Parks to over 143,000 seats and 800 acres of Overnight Parks. In addition, Race Fever Night, an annual fundraiser for the Alabama Institute of the Deaf & Blind, Talladega Superspeedway's designated charity, has raised more than $2.4 million during their tenure.
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