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Franki Buckman named Vice President & General Manager of SWIR

Thursday, November 14, 2013

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the parent company of multiple motorsports properties, announced today that Franki Buckman, former Vice President & General Manager of Firebird International Raceway, has been appointed Vice President & General Manager of Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR) in Tucson, Arizona.


An Arizona native, born and raised in Scottsdale, Buckman moved to Chandler in the early 1990s. Under the mentorship of Charlie Allen, the owner and operator of Orange County Raceway and Firebird International Raceway, Buckman held key positions in her 18-year tenure at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, including Director of Marketing and Advertising, Sponsor Relations and Customer Service Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Vice President and General Manager.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Southwestern International Raceway and look forward to implementing an exciting 2014 drag racing season,” said Buckman. 

IRG acquired SWIR in August 2013, and Alan Miller was named Interim General Manager in October 2013. Miller will continue to consult on drag racing events and facilities for SWIR and other IRG properties. 

“With Franki at the helm, I am confident that SWIR will move forward in 2014 with enhanced operations and efficiencies while conducting a full complement of drag racing events,” noted Jason Rittenberry, CFE, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRG. 

As the first stop on the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) 2014 North American Tour, the Southwestern Nationals will be held at SWIR on March 21-22, 2014. The IHRA recently announced that NJDRS will feature a number of enhancements for the upcoming racing season including the addition of a national points fund, the return of traditional drag racing, a new Fan Zone pit experience and more.


ABOUT IRG SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading purveyor of sports and live entertainment experiences and is the privately-held parent company of International Raceway Group™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA). IRG owns and operates Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Palm Beach Driving Club® (PBDC), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), and Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR). Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the company’s flagship and home to PBDC, a private members-only club for automotive enthusiasts. The facility features a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, and a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track. Acquired in January 2011, MIR is a highly acclaimed motorsports facility located in Millington, Tennessee, featuring a formidable 1.8-mile asphalt Road Course, a riveting 1/4-mile Drag Strip, and an enthralling 3/4-mile Tri-Oval Short Track. Added to the IRG portfolio of brands in August 2013, SWIR is a 110-acre venue located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 10 miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona. The track features a dedicated quarter-mile Drag Strip and first opened in August 1997. Owned and operated since January 2013 by IRG, IHRA is the second-largest drag racing and fourth-largest motorsports sanctioning body. The 43-year-old organization manages two national touring series, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ and the Thunder Jam Series™. With headquarters in Norwalk, Ohio, IHRA sanctions more than 100 motorsports facilities in the U.S. and Canada and has more than 12,000 racers of all skill levels as members. IRG’s subsidiaries now promote more than 800 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and series. IRG is also affiliated with the Dezer Collection Auto Museum and Event Space in Miami, Palm Beach Grand Prix, Super Chevy Show Series, Fun Ford Weekend, and Mega Mopar Action Series. For more information, visit www.IRGSE.com, call 561.622.1400 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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CONTACT
Aidy Alonzo
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
IRG Sports + Entertainment™
17133 Beeline Highway
Jupiter, FL 33478
561.578.5638
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