Out with the old at IRL, in with the new at IMS

November 23, 2009
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Indy Racing League Vice President of Public Relations John Griffin has submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 18.
Griffin joined the Indy Racing League as vice president in 2002, overseeing all aspects of the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights public and media relations program as well as strategic communication. During his tenure, Griffin developed and implemented public relations strategies for several historic events including the unification of open-wheel racing, Danica Patrick’s first win and the series IZOD entitlement announcement earlier this month.

“I appreciate my time here at the Indy Racing League where I have made many great friends and want to thank Terry (Angstadt) and Brian (Barnhart) for the opportunity,” said Griffin. “I really think the time is right for me to entertain a new challenge, particularly something that would allow me more quality time with my kids.”

Before joining the Indy Racing League, Griffin worked for NASCAR with his professional career also including stops with World Cup USA 1994 and the Major Indoor Soccer League.
A replacement for Griffin has not been selected.

On the same day Griffin’s resignation was announced, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced the hiring of its first ever chief information officer.

Rhonda Winter was named CIO, a new position that will guide the direction of all information technology and related business units of the company. Winter formerly worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and NCAA.

She most recently worked as chief information officer at CIK Enterprises in Indianapolis from 2006-09.

The most recent changes come on the heels of major layoffs at the Speedway earlier this month.



  • The Usual
    Steve Johnson is available
  • re: Steve Johnson is available
    So am I.
  • Well people wanted change. It will be interesting to see what remains when the dust settles.

    Ok, cue the haters.
  • The Usual
    As usual, the name callers are always the first with the degrading comments in each of Anthony's blog entries
  • Strange, don't see any degrading comments, what is your point?
  • bail out
    Is Izod going to pick up the $3.7 million lost on the Edmonton irl* race last year? LMAO.
  • Censorship In American Open Wheel Racing
    Why did Andretti Green censor a Youtube.com video that documented the pathetic attendance at this year's Toronto joke of an event?
  • any more details on this?
  • As The Speedway Turns
    Larry Curry vividly remembers walking the starting grid at the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, knowing that he would soon be leaving for a federal penitentiary in Georgia for a prison term.

    Convicted of embezzling more than $1 million in a three-year period from his former boss John Menard, Curry knew he was about to lose his freedom.
  • As The Speedway Turns
    Tim Durham controlled Playa Del Racing, an IndyCar team. According to U.S. Attorney Timothy Morrison's complaint, Durham may have used $804,000 of ill-gotten gains to support the team. That would mean some of the funding fueling his cars may have been laundered.

    Personal finance expert Peter Dunn said, "A Ponzi scheme may have funded an IndyCar team and that's the sort of craziness that is now coming out in these court papers."
  • As The Speedway Turns
  • As The Speedway Turns

  • Just what I thought, the poster attempted to post content that they did not own. So youTube pulled it. If you read their use agreement, it specifically states that you must have ownership or approval to post. whoever tried to post it, should have taken their own videos/photos.

    Something tells me if I tried to post NASCAR controlled video, then I would have been given the same message.

    What exactly does Larry Curry and Tim Durham have to do with anything? Are you saying that all racing series should background check all of their owners/Crew Chiefs and audit where every owner and sponsor dollar comes from? You are really reaching here.
  • As The Speedway Turns
    it fits in with the blog title old and new...nothing seems to change
  • Censorship In American Open Wheel Racing
    It isn't AGP material...other than the dismal race results they produced. Can't wait to see the under 10K attendance if the 2010 event even occurs.

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  4. To address the epic failure of attracting race fans to both the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 would take too much of my time to write. Bottom line Boles is clueless and obviously totally out of touch with the real paying fan base. I see nothing but death spin coming for the Brickyard, just like Indy. Get somebody in a place of power that understands what race fans want.

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