Carroll Earns Cincinnati Sports Professional Network Lifetime Achievement Award
Kentucky Speedway consultant and former co-owner Jerry Carroll will receive the Sports Executive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cincinnati Sports Professional Network (CSPN) during the organization's annual award banquet on April 28 at 6:00 p.m., in the Sharonville Convention Center located just north of Cincinnati.
Carroll rose from early adult jobs as a golf pro, ad salesman and leasing agent to become Tennessee's largest office developer and ultimately a major force on the Greater Cincinnati sports scene with the acquisition and renovation of the Turfway Park thoroughbred facility as well as the development of Kentucky Speedway.
He served as managing partner of the speedway investor group and guided the project through its site acquisition, development and financing stages in 1998. The motorsports facility officially opened in 2000 and has grown to showcase the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region through nationally-televised events which feature the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, IndyCar Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Mr. Carroll served as manager of all aspects of Kentucky Speedway operation and as a tireless promoter until the speedway was sold to Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) in December 2008. He remains active with Kentucky Speedway as a consultant to SMI and its Chairman, Bruton Smith. The motorsports venue represents one of the largest private sports investments in Kentucky history and is poised for significant growth under SMI ownership.
Kentucky Speedway will open its 10th season of operation May 9 with the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150" featuring country music artist Chuck Wicks in concert. The facility will showcase Roush Fenway Racing star Carl Edwards, his fellow NASCAR Nationwide Series competitors and country music artist Pat Green in concert June 13 during "Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz" race weekend. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit the speedway along with the ARCA RE/MAX Series for a doubleheader race day July 18. Country music artist Chris Cagle will precede the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" and "Drive Smart. Click it or Ticket 150" events with an exclusive concert. Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan will lead the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights developmental circuit into Sparta, Ky., Aug. 1 for the "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Red Baron and Edy's" and "Kentucky 100" events. Modern rockers Carolina Liar will provide the prerace entertainment during the season-ending weekend. Tickets, new infield camping and special offers can be reserved online at www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223), or by visiting track ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, near the Montgomery Inn Restaurant in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N.
CSPN serves as a networking organization for area sports professionals offering regularly scheduled programs and an annual awards ceremony for the sports business community. CSPN is a program fostered by the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation.
Additional awards being presented during the banquet will be Sports Executive of the Year, Outstanding Corporate Partner, Sports Event of the Year, Sports Media Personality, Cincinnati Sports Story along with several special tributes.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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