Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher named Kentucky Speedway Chairman and Co-Owner Jerry Carroll to the new 15-member Kentucky Sports Authority (KSA) during a news conference at Frankfort Civic Center today.

Lt. Gov. Steve Pence will lead the KSA, which is charged with attracting major national and international sporting events, conventions and franchises to the state.

"We are well aware that many Kentuckians are motorsports fans, and we're thrilled to have a business and sports leader of Jerry Carroll's stature on the Sports Authority," Gov. Fletcher said. "Our goal is to give our citizens and visitors the best in sporting events and venues, and that vision is perfectly in step with what Jerry is doing at Kentucky Speedway."

Other KSA members are Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary Jim Host, Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet Secretary LaJuana S. Wilcher, Wayne Martin, Charlie Martin, Myra Blackwelder, Dr. George Ginter, Kathy DeBoer, Louis Stout, Joseph Terry, Larry Bisig, Donna Smith and Wade Houston. One position remains to be filled.

"The creation of the Kentucky Sports Authority will help enhance the visibility of the state nationwide. When you think of Kentucky, you think of major events," Carroll said. "I've been bringing major events to Kentucky for the past 20 years. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing is the goal for our speedway and Kentucky is fully behind helping us achieve that goal."

Carroll also owns Carroll Properties, Inc., a prominent Northern Kentucky real estate development company. He began his real estate development career in 1970 and has successfully developed numerous urban and suburban office space, retail centers, industrial properties and single- and multi-family residential properties.

After developing the ailing Latonia Racetrack into the nationally acclaimed Turfway Park, Carroll sold the Thoroughbred facility and formed a five-member investment group that constructed the $152-million Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky.

Kentucky Speedway opened in 2000 and will begin its sixth season of operation on May 14. The facility features a paved 1.5-mile tri-oval track and paved quarter-mile track. The speedway will host a total of five event weekends through September 10. Visitors will be able to see top stock car, open-wheel and short track drivers from the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division Southeast Series, USAC Ford Focus Midget Series and ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series.

The NASCAR Busch Series event, "The Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo," has attracted sellout and standing-room-only crowds of more than 69,000 for four consecutive years.

Visit http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com for the complete schedule and for ticket information. Season tickets are on sale now and single-event ticket sales begin Monday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m.

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