PROMOTERS CONCLUDE UPBEAT RPM PROMOTERS
LAKE MARY, FL, February 12, 2005) 609 people, from 40 states and five
Canadian provinces, gathered at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary,
10-12, 2005. The promoters, who are battling increased competition for
Saturday-night fans, were overwhelmingly upbeat about the 2005 season.
TheWorkshop with the theme, "It's About Saturday Night," featured
speakers,panelists and presenters, all bullish on the future of short track
"Some people worry that short track racing is in trouble--even implying
that short track promotional methods are as out-of-date as leisure
suits. Short track promoters do not appreciate such characterizations." said
Stewart Doty, Workshop chairman. "Short track promotion is a tough
tough business, and impugning the work of the small business people who own
America's 1000-plus weekly tracks does not help anyone.
Racing's grassroots faces
challenges, but race promotion is as cyclical as any
otherbusiness, and the promoters gathered here this week shared many ideas
and strategies that will help them to compete in a cluttered marketplace."
"The RPM Promoters Workshops have made our track the success that it
is, said Nadine Strauss, co-promoter of Lakeport (CA) Speedway. "It's
only place I know of where a people like us, from little track like ours,
can get together and talk with the most successful promoters in our
industry, one on one. That's what makes the RPM Promoters Workshops so
to short track racing."
Highlights of the meeting included remarks by Tom Curley, who
introduced the first-day proceedings, urging promoters to be candid and
and to make the most of the competitive advantages short tracks hold in the
auto racing marketplace.
Other presentations or
sessions included those of Twenty-Eighth Auto Racing Promoters of the
Year Nadine and Bob Strauss, Lakeport (CA) Speedway, Matt Thomas,
DIRTvision.com; promoters Todd Fisher, Brandon Hutchison and Roger Slack;
and dirt track prep expert Ed Davis.
The Workshops concluded with the annual risk management and legal
session, featuring attorneys Cary Agajanian, Don Anspaugh and Ken
The RPM Promoters Workshops are sponsored as a service to promoters by
K&K Insurance Group and Hoosier Racing Tire, with additional support from
the Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno, 600 Racing and GM Performance Parts. The
33rd annual meeting series will begin in December 2005 at Reno, Nevada.
Speedweek Workshop will be held in February of 2006.