RACETRACKS

Representatives for Women in Motorsports North America include the following individuals:

Michelle Armbruster

Speedway Motorsports, Texas Motor Speedway - Sr. Manager of Client Services

Hometown | Residence:
Emory, TX | Emory, TX

First Year in Racing: 1998

Greatest Accomplishment:
Duck Commander 500

Advice:
Always remember that you must walk in others shoes to fully understand what they do and the pressures they are under.

Tami Bandimere

President, Bandimere Speedway

Hometown | Residence:
Morrison, CO | Littleton, CO

First Year in Racing: 1962

Greatest Accomplishment:
Race to Read Program for elementary students.

Advice:
Life is all about highs and lows – enjoy the freedom of the highs and learn strength from the lows.

Julie Bennett

Bristol Motor Speedway, LLC Vice President and General Counsel

Hometown | Residence:
Kingsport, TN | Kingsport, TN

First Year in Racing: 2007

Greatest Accomplishment:
Being part of the leadership team that brought the Battle at Bristol (world’s largest college football game) to fruition at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Advice:
Always put people first.

Janet Callahan

Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway, Director of Business Development

Hometown | Residence:
Bluff City, TN | Bluff City, TN

First Year in Racing: 1999

Greatest Accomplishment:
Sales Person of the Year

Advice:
Never Stop Learning. Be A Team Player. Value Your Health. Speak Up.


Gail Cunningham

Gail Cunningham

Sonoma Raceway, Operations Manager & Fire Chief

Hometown | Residence:
Roseville, CA | Vallejo, CA

First Year in Racing: 2012

Greatest Accomplishment:
Starting out as a volunteer and working myself into a leadership position at our racetrack.

Advice:
To finish first, you must first finish.

Jessica Fickenscher

EVP and Chief Experience Officer at Speedway Motorsports

Hometown | Residence:
Newfield, NJ | Davidson, NC

First Year in Racing: 1997

Greatest Accomplishment:
Becoming the 1st C level female in our organization

Advice:
Don’t sell yourself short, drive fast and take chances!

Julie Giese

President, Phoenix Raceway

Hometown | Residence:
Colby, WI | Peoria, AZ

First Year in Racing: 2001

Greatest Accomplishment:
Becoming only the second female track president

Advice:
Raise your hand. Be your own biggest advocate for your career growth and development.

Eva Gregory

Michelin Raceway, Manager, Event Experience

Hometown | Residence:
Loganville, GA | Braselton, GA

First Year in Racing: 2016

Greatest Accomplishment:
Contributed to the debut and activation of Michelin Raceway’s Michelin Tower project.

Advice:
Have enough confidence to give yourself the chance, even if it doesn’t work out how you plan. Also, if you’re going to do something stupid, you have to be strong.

Jill Gregory

EVP & General Manager, Sonoma Raceway

Hometown | Residence:
Modesto, CAE | Sonoma, CA

First Year in Racing: 1998

Greatest Accomplishment:
Being part of the NASCAR team during a chaotic 2020 season when NASCAR took a stand on social justice and returned racing without and with fans during the pandemic.

Advice:
Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to participate/contribute. Be confident and jump in and see where something goes!

Kellie Leeman

IMS Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Service

Hometown | Residence:
Caribou, ME | Carmel, IN

First Year in Racing: 2016

Greatest Accomplishment:
Re-seating customers for the 2021 Indy 500 Race to adhere to the 40% capacity limit.

Advice:
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

Alicia Marie Massie

Atlanta Motorsports Park, Director of Events

Hometown | Residence:
Herford, Germany | Dawsonville, GA

First Year in Racing: 2009

Greatest Accomplishment:
Bringing my hospitality industry event planning and execution knowledge to a motorsports country club to elevate customer experience.

Advice:
Always do your best.

Michelle Lackey Maynor

Owner & President, Alaska Raceway Park

Hometown | Residence:
Wasilla, AK | Palmer, AK

First Year in Racing: 1986

Greatest Accomplishment:
Owning a motorsports complex.

Advice:
In driving and in life, only back up as much as necessary to move forward in the direction you need to go.

Monica Mulcahy

Speedway Motorsports, Senior Director, Business Development

Hometown | Residence:
Manhattan Beach, CA | Dallas, TX

First Year in Racing: 2021

Greatest Accomplishment:
Being a mentor.

Advice:
Everything always works out for the best.

Connie Nyholm

VIRginia International Raceway, Co-owner & CEO

Hometown | Residence:
Martinsville, VA | Alton, VA

First Year in Racing: 1998

Greatest Accomplishment:
Resurrecting VIR.

Advice:
I surround myself with people who are better than I am at what they do.

Karen Sue Strawder

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Contract Administrator

Hometown | Residence:
Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis, IN

First Year in Racing: 1995

Greatest Accomplishment:
Nearly 30 yrs on the job.

Advice:
Sweat the small stuff and the big stuff will fall into place.