Chris Browning named president of Darlington Raceway
Darlington, SC – (May 19, 2004) Former North Carolina Speedway Vice President and General Manager Chris Browning has been named president of Darlington Raceway, International Speedway Corporation officials announced today.
Andrew Gurtis, who has served as Raceway president for the past three years, has been named senior director, operational planning and integration for ISC. In his new position, he will act as lead assistant to Chief Operating Officer John Saunders on matters related to ongoing business unit operations and field integration.
Browning, who has been executive vice president and general manager for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC since 2002, said he is excited about the move. “I look forward to helping continue the history and tradition that has earned Darlington Raceway its special position in the sport of stock car racing,” he said.
As EVP and GM at North Carolina Speedway, Browning was responsible for all marketing, sales, public relations, operations and governmental relations. He will continue those duties as president of Darlington Raceway.
Browning began his career in motorsports as a show car driver for the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company before becoming assistant director of public relations and marketing at Martinsville Speedway.
He served as director of public relations for Penske Speedways from 1988 until 1990, when he returned to his home state of North Carolina to assume the role of account executive for the Maxwell House Coffee racing program.
Browning began his tenure at North Carolina Speedway in 1992 as director of public relations. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer College with a degree in business administration.