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March 15, 2016
Three-time World Champion Drag Racer Larry Dixon partners with Palm Beach Driving Club
Larry Dixon, a three-time World Championship drag racer, has signed an agreement to represent the Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC), the club announced today.
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December 20, 2016
Paul Jones Joins Palm Beach Driving Club as Managing Director
The Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC), an exclusive members-only club for automotive enthusiasts at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), is pleased to announce the addition of Paul Jones as managing director.
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November 15 , 2016
Palm Beach Driving Club Pro Driver Shane Lewis Wins the Trans Am Series Finale at Daytona
Palm Beach Driving Club’s (PBDC) resident pro driver Shane Lewis ended the 2016 Trans Am Series season on a high note as he secured the top podium spot at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend. Lewis started the 29-lap race in the second position and powered ahead in his No. 72 Robinson Racing Chevrolet Camaro to claim his second TA2 win of the season.
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November 9 , 2016
2nd Annual Ladies Night Benefiting the Margaret W. Nieland Breast Cancer Center Raised over $5,000
Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) hosted the 2nd Annual Ladies Night presented by Excell Auto Group to raise awareness and funds for the Margaret W. Nieland Breast Cancer Center at Jupiter Medical Group in October. The members only fundraiser raised over $5,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
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May 24, 2016
Palm Beach Driving Club Joins Oriol Servia for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Premier private members-only driving club partners with Oriol for the biggest day in motorsports history
IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia during this week’s Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver is piloting the No. 77 Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 100th running of the prestigious open-wheel race.
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April 12, 2016
Shawn Hackman Named Chief Revenue Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences across the globe, today announced the addition of Shawn Hackman as chief revenue officer (CRO). A recognized expert on business development and sponsorship acquisition in the major sports industry. Mr. Hackman is instrumental in guiding IRGSE’s future success, developing the strategies to drive substantial year-on-year revenue growth across sponsorship, hospitality, merchandise and licensing and leverage the IRGSE-owned properties.
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March 29, 2016
IRG Sports + Entertainment Announces Two New Executives to Join Leadership Team
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) has announced the appointment of two new executives to its leadership team as part of the reorganization of the company. Aaron Weiss joins Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) as president and Darren Thompson as International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) vice president administration & logistics.
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February 23, 2016
IRGSE names Pilson Communications, Inc. to guide future television and digital agreements
Former CBS President, Neal Pilson, partners with IRGSE and IHRA to assist with future growth
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a global leader in marketing and promoting of sports and live entertainment experiences, has named Pilson Communications, Inc. (PCI) as its consulting company for future television and digital agreements. The newly aligned partnership will focus on the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA), the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL) and the oldest continuously running drag racing event in the country, the World Series of Drag Racing.
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February 16, 2016
IRGSE Announces Multiple Partnerships in Reorganization
IRGSE Momentum includes new Manufacturer’s Council; Advertising Planning for IHRA Member Tracks and new NYC based Corporate Marcom Executives
IRG Sports + Entertainment ™ (IRGSE) and The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) announced several long-term agreements with multiple individuals and their respective companies to assist with the reorganization and future growth of the IHRA and IRGSE properties. These announcements come on the heels of the appointment of Mike Dunn as the new IHRA President.
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February 9, 2016
The International Hot Rod Association Names Mike Dunn As President
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), proud portfolio company of TPG; parent company to the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA); one of the fastest-growing professional racing circuits globally, today, announced that Mike Dunn has been installed as President of the IHRA organization in advance of the complete reorganization of the company and its various operations. Dunn, one of the most successful drivers and team organizers in the history of motorsports, joins the IHRA after spending the last 14 years as the face of major league professional drag racing for ESPN.
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January 13, 2016
Ten: The Enthusiast Network and IRG Sports + Entertainment Announce a Multi-Year Partnership
Duo joins forces to bring major events to automotive enthusiasts
The world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, TEN: The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) announced a multi-year partnership that will bring a number of highly sought after automotive events to IRGSE venues. TEN’s portfolio of events include: HOT ROD Power Tour, LOWRIDER Super Show, HOT ROD Drag Week, CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, Great American Racing Series, and HOT ROD Engine Masters.
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December 16, 2015
America’s GT Cup and Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Announce Strategic Partnership
America’s GT Cup’s Racing Series to Compete in Their Own Featured Run Group on SVRA Race Weekend Events in 2016
Officials from America’s GT Cup and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a strategic partnership that will see all three America’s GT Cup sports car racing series compete in their own featured run group on SVRA event weekends in 2016.
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November 30, 2015
IRGSE Names Chris Lencheski as Vice Chairman of Board & Chief Executive Officer
IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE) has appointed sports industry veteran and former Comcast-Spectacor entity President Chris Lencheski as Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers and Chief Executive Officer.
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November 20, 2015
Record 13 Different Drivers Win Races in Full Weekend of Stuttgart Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA Competition at Daytona Historics
Stuttgart Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy Newcomers Franklin Pray and Roberto Bengoa Score Classic 24 Hour at Daytona Class Wins.

A record 13 different drivers won races in three days of on-track action for The Stuttgart Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA this past weekend at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Daytona Historics at Daytona International Speedway.
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October 24, 2015
Rick Stavola and Linden Burnstein Score First Career Sweeps at The Savannah Classic
Stavola Closes on The Stuttgart Cup Championship Lead with Pair of Victories; Burnstein Earns First-Ever Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy Victories. Rick Stavola and Linden Burnstein each scored their first race-win sweeps in The Stuttgart Cup and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA competition at the Savannah Speed Classic where both drivers went two-for-two in Saturday’s BRM Chronographes Enduro and sprint race.
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October 8, 2015
Lime Rock and Palm Beach Drivers Clubs form partnership
Two exclusive driving clubs 1,331 miles apart have agreed on a unique partnership that provides all members of the respective clubs access to each other’s track. Making the announcement were Simon Kirkby, director of the Lime Rock Drivers Club, and Ryan Loeb, director of marketing and communications for the Palm Beach Drivers Club.

The Lime Rock Drivers Club (LRDC) is located at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner, halfway between Boston and New York City. The Palm Beach Drivers Club (PBDC) is located at Palm Beach International Raceway (nee Moroso), just east of Lake Okeechobee in Jupiter, Fla., an hour north of Miami. With members of both clubs often travelling between offices and vacation homes in the Northeast and Florida, LRDC’s Kirkby says the arrangement provides “yet another desirable benefit” for each club’s membership.
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October 1, 2015
IRG Sports + Entertainment Closes Recapitalization
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) is pleased to announce completion of its recapitalization with TPG Specialty Lending, Inc. (TSL).  TSL is the U.S. direct originations investment platform of TPG Special Situations Partners, the credit and special situations platform of TPG, a $75 billion global private investment firm.  TSL will assist IRGSE, a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment across the United States and Canada, in pursuing future growth.  As result of the recapitalization IRGSE has a stronger balance sheet as well as access to the substantial resources and capital of a leading investment firm.
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September 1, 2015
Shane Lewis Wins The 3-Dimensional Services Group Triple Shot Showdown At Road America
After a thrilling one-two finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier in August, Shane Lewis and the Robinson Racing team arrived at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin last week, for Round 8 of the Trans Am Series, radiating with confidence. America’s National Park of Speed, Road America promised to be an intense challenge, especially at a circuit evoking such a storied 60-year history in motorsports.
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June 3, 2015
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ Announces Hiring of New CFO, Lou Partenza joins IRG from Florida Panthers
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada announced today that Lou Partenza has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Partenza will oversee the finance, accounting, budgeting and strategic planning for all of IRG’s properties as well as manage the company’s relationship with TPG Specialty Lending. Partenza joins IRG with more than 20 years of experience in financial operations, strategic revenue growth, and has a significant background in executive leadership within the sports industry.
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January 20, 2015
Palm Beach Grand Prix on Valentine’s Day Weekend
If you love watching races on the Road Course, you’ll adore that the Palm Beach Grand Prix is returning to PBIR on Valentine’s Day weekend! The 3-day event starts with a private testing session for racers on Thursday, February 12, 2015 which is not open to the general public. On Friday, February 13, practice sessions and afternoon races are held from 8 am to 5 pm, with Formula 1600, Formula 2000 and Formula Atlantic series races – plus a featured race of the Stuttgart Cup with Porsche Cayman and 911 Cup Cars.
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December 29, 2014
Corner Marshal Robert Hoffstetter Passes Away
On Sunday, December 28, 2014, during the Florida Track Days event at Palm Beach International Raceway’s (PBIR) Road Course, a rider experienced a mechanical failure on his Yamaha R1 motorcycle: the throttle became stuck in the open position. The rider dismounted from the motorcycle before approaching Turn 9. The motorcycle continued down the track, impacting the tire wall at Turn 9 where Robert “Goofy” Hoffstetter was positioned as a corner marshal. Medics AMR staff stabilized Hoffstetter at the site, and he was then transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach by a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Trauma Hawk. Hoffstetter passed away due to the injuries sustained during the accident.
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December 2, 2014
Fifth Annual PRO Winter Warm-up Returns to Palm Beach International Raceway on January 16-17, 2015
Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to once again partner with the Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. (PRO) in hosting the fifth annual PRO Winter Warm-up presented by Bennett Auto Supply on January 16 and 17, 2015. The largest drag racing event in South Florida, PRO Winter Warm-up features professional drivers and race teams, testing and tuning Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars under the lights at PBIR’s Drag Strip. With no points or purses on the line, the teams prepare for their 2015 racing season with performance tests and practice runs at PBIR.
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November 17, 2014
Cars Under The Stars Celebrates Palm Beach International Raceway’s 50th Anniversary 2nd Annual Live Auction, Dinner and Concert To Benefit Place Of Hope
The 2nd Annual Cars Under The Stars event on Saturday, November 22, 2014, celebrates Palm Beach International Raceway™’s (PBIR) 50th Anniversary while benefiting Place of Hope, Palm Beach County’s largest child welfare agency. From race car experiences on PBIR’s Road Course to a classic rock concert, Cars Under The Stars offers motorsports enthusiasts an evening of festive entertainment – all to benefit foster children and youth who have been displaced from their homes due to abuse, neglect, and abandonment. This year, the event is generously underwritten by presenting sponsors Lamborghini Palm Beach and Lexus of Palm Beach.
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November 13, 2014
IRG Sports + Entertainment acquires Maryland International Raceway; Royce Miller joins IRG team as Chief Operating Officer 

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company has acquired Maryland International Raceway℠ (MDIR) in Budds Creek, Maryland. Last month, IRG announced a major financing agreement with TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX) that funded a recapitalization of the Company and the acquisition of two additional motorsports venues, including Maryland International Raceway.
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November 3, 2014
IRG Sports + Entertainment acquires Cordova Dragway Park; Laura Gardner named Corporate Director of HR
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) announced that it has closed on the transaction to acquire Cordova Dragway Park, and has assumed control of the facility’s operations effective today. The motorsports venue has been renamed Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), joining sister tracks Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida; Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee; and Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
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October 30, 2014
Manufacturers Series Adds Velocity TV to its Super Chevy Shows for 2015
The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity Network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13 episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity, will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13 consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.
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October 3, 2014
IRG Sports + Entertainment Announces Major Financing Deal with TPG Specialty Lending and Acquisition of Two New Tracks
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the Company has entered into a finance agreement with TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX), the publicly traded affiliate of TSSP, the credit and special situations investment platform of TPG. The new credit facility is replacing IRG’s existing debt facilities on all companies, make capital improvements to existing assets owned by the Company and to close on the acquisition of Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois (to be rebranded as Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), that was announced in late 2013. The TPG facility also provides the Company with funds to purchase an additional major motorsports venue, which the Company will announce in the coming weeks.
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June 18, 2014
PBDC’s Resident Pro Driver Shane Lewis Returns to Race in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring
Accomplished, veteran racer Shane Lewis, Palm Beach Driving Club’s Resident Professional Driver, returns to the prestigious ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring with GDL Racing in a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup this weekend. For Lewis, this will be his sixth time racing at a 24 Hours of Nürburgring event and the 39th 24-hour race of his career. He won the event in 2010 in an Audi RS4 along with co-driver Vic Rice and has also won two 6 Hour races at Nürburgring.
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May 7, 2014
IRG Sports + Entertainment Announces Staff Changes
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is pleased to announce the promotion of Hillary O’Brian to Chief Financial Officer. O’Brian has managed the accounting for the group of IRG companies since joining the company one year ago in April.
At Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Bill Murray, the Director of Food and Beverage, adds Drag Strip Operations to his role.
PBIR also welcomes new staff member Bill Kuehn to the sales team as Manager of Corporate Partnerships. Kuehn is based at PBIR and will call on a nationwide territory of prospects for PBIR sponsorships. A native of Illinois, Kuehn has an extensive background in sales, public relations, client services, race track operations and venue management.
After two years as Director of Business Development at PBIR, Jackie Rea has transitioned to focusing on the Palm Beach Driving Club as the new Manager and Membership Coordinator.
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November 14, 2013
Dale Gann Named Vice President & General Manager of PBIR
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the parent company of multiple motorsports properties, announced today that Dale Gann has been promoted from Executive Vice President of Operations to Vice President and General Manager of Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR). Gann joined the team at PBIR in March of 2009 and earned promotions in both 2012 and earlier in 2013, assuming additional directorial responsibilities for the facility as a whole including staffing, budgeting and event management.
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August 2, 2013
Champion Motorsport expands partnership with Palm Beach International Raceway
As part of an ongoing commitment to developing the automotive and motorsport culture in South Florida, Champion Motorsport, Inc. of Pompano Beach has once again strengthened its relationship with Palm Beach International Raceway™ and the Palm Beach Driving Club®. The expanded partnership resulted in the official naming of Turn 10 on the 2.034-mile Road Course as the Champion Motorsport Corner.
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