Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark Retiring In '20
Atlanta Motor Speedway President ED CLARK "will retire" following March's NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, after serving in the role for the past 27 years as part of four decades in the NASCAR industry, according to the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Clark first joined AMS parent company SMI in '81 as a member of the Charlotte Motor Speedway PR department. Clark is SMI's "second-longest tenured employee," trailing only Founder & Exec Chair BRUTON SMITH (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 12/3). In Atlanta, Eric Jackson noted during his tenure, Clark "supervised the expansion and growth of the track, including the addition of luxury suites and hospitality areas." He also "oversaw the reconstruction" of the facility after it suffered about $40M in damage from Hurricane Cindy in '05. Clark last month "outlined a proposal" to build a $1B casino resort near the speedway, which "would feature a hotel, condos, shops and restaurants" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 12/2).