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    NASCAR appoints first ever female African American track president for Phoenix Raceway

    ByRacing Guy

    Nov 2, 2022
    NASCAR appoints first ever female African American track president

    Phoenix Raceway will now assume new leadership with Latasha Causey, who will be the first female Black track president in the stock car racing series’ history.

    Causey, a Phoenix native, will replace Julie Giese, who is leaving after four years as the president of the Phoenix Raceway.

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    Causey has served as a founding member of the NASCAR Accelerators host committee. Furthermore, she served as vice president and community development officer for Bell Bank in Arizona. In her capacity, she has overseen the efforts to help minority-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations.

    “Latasha’s track record speaks for itself as a highly experienced executive that prioritizes relationships and giving back to the community – also core values of ours at NASCAR,” Chip Wile, NASCAR’s senior vice president and chief track properties officer, said in a statement. “NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway take pride in making a positive impact on the community through creating a best-in-class experience for fans when they visit the track, as well as through actively giving back and playing a significant role as a community partner. Because of these ideals, Latasha is the perfect fit to lead Phoenix Raceway into 2023 and beyond.”

    For her work, Causey has won a number of accolades, including being named as one of the most influential women in Arizona by local media site AZ Big Media. She was also honored by Phoenix Business Journal in 2018 at its Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

    “I have been fortunate to call The Valley ‘home’ my entire life, and I could not be more grateful to become the next leader of Phoenix Raceway,” Causey said.

    “Nascar is a sport that brings people together, and as a result, Phoenix Raceway plays a key role in showcasing our great community to visitors across the country every year. I cannot wait to help build upon the great work that’s already been done in making this facility one of the true gems in sports and entertainment.”

    The news comes at the back of the season finale that is held at Phoenix Raceway. The track has been hosting Championship 4 race since 2020.

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