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Latasha Causey Becomes First Black Woman Track President In NASCAR History

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Phoenix Raceway is gearing up to launch a new superior set to lead the track in 2023 and beyond.

NASCAR announced that Latasha Causey would be the track’s new president, making her the first Black woman track president in NASCAR history. The former bank executive and Phoenix native will reportedly replace Julie Giese, becoming the track’s second female owner.

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According to ABC 15, Causey stated, “I have been fortunate to call The Valley’ home’ my entire life, and I could not be more grateful to be the next leader of Phoenix Raceway.”

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“I’ve been a business leader for well over 20 years,” Causey told the outlet on Tuesday. “That is what I bring to the table. But, I am also a community leader. I have been a long-time community leader and servant leader here in this community. Whether through my volunteerism, non-profit boards or just really getting my hands dirty in the community.”

According to NBC, the Arizona State University grad is a founding member of the NASCAR Accelerators host committee, along with other business leaders who serve as NASCAR ambassadors in Arizona. Causey was named one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women in 2021, as well as receiving an award from the Phoenix Business Journal as part of their 2018 Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

“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,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR senior vice president and chief track properties officer, in a statement released by the speedway.

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,” she added.

Causey will begin work at the track on November 28, following NASCAR Championship Weekend, Nov. 4–6.

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