International Speedway Corporation purchased the facility in September 2005 and shortly thereafter closed PPIR
, after moving its NASCAR races to other ISC facilities.
But for now the Florida company is putting its cash, and some of the reclaimed assets from PPIR, into other markets like Seattle, where ISC estimates a new track it's building eventually will employ 2,300 people.
Meantime, track manager and PPIR president Rob Johnson made a game effort to turn the place into a top-notch motor-sports centerpiece that could pay its own way.
Instead, NASCAR schedulers relegated PPIR to the NASCAR equivalent of AAA baseball, offering up lower-luster Busch Series races and saving the marquee Nextel events for places like Las Vegas and Daytona.
Colorado race fans turned out in solid numbers over the years for dozens of races, concerts and events at PPIR, contributing close to $53 million in local economic activity, according to Bamberger's analysis.
The 2000 season at PPIR
featured the Rocky Mountain 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series on May 20-21; Radisson 200 Indy Racing League, MCI WorldCom USAC Midgets and US F2000 Series on June 16-18.
PPIR is pleased to partner with Radisson Hotels Worldwide to provide charitable support to The Children's Hospital Cancer Center," said Rob Johnson, president of PPIR.
During the Radisson 200 race week, Radisson Hotels Worldwide and PPIR will work with the Children's Hospital and 1998 Indy Rookie of the Year Steve Knapp on a series of fundraising activities including silent and live auctions featuring trips to oceanfront Radisson Resorts in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
We appreciate the opportunities Radisson and PPIR are giving The Children's Hospital during the Radisson 200 festivities," said Monte Wilson, chairman of The Children's Hospital Race Committee.
More than 32,000 attended the IRL event last year at PPIR, which has been acclaimed as one of the best- rated racing facilities in the country.
Attachments to this memo provide background on PPIRS web application and information regarding the sources of data for PPIRS-SR, an action plan for transfer of data from existing legacy collection systems, actions for designated test sites and the application host (Naval Sea Logistics Center Detachment Portsmouth), and a contract provision to be utilized during the test.
Dubowski, PPIRS Program Manager, 703-882-2188, DubowskS@ncr.