Dec 30, 2013- Former Delaware Speedway competitor Jonathan Urlin of London will be taking on a new challenge this upcoming season when he joins Delaware Speedway’s operations and management team for 2014. Urlin’s focus will be on the racing product, especially in the entry-level divisions, as well as overall operations and race event management.
Track Manager Paul Houghton will step back from operations in the upcoming season. Paul worked as Operations Manager for the track in 2008-2011 and as Track Manager from 2012-2013. He has also worked as the director of the track’s Junior Racing League program since 2005, a role he plans to continue with this upcoming season.
“After five years at the track it was time for me to pull back on the throttle,” explained Houghton. “The owners wanted a change and to bring in Jonathan Urlin and I needed a change. I truly appreciate the support given to me by the past and present owners. I was very fortunate to work with great staff. I had the privilege of working with the drivers and teams and have great respect for them and what they do. We have very loyal and dedicated fans at Delaware Speedway and I look forward to sitting with them to enjoy the races. I also look forward to continuing on with the Krown Junior Racing League and working with the young drivers and their families.”
Johnathan Houghton will continue as Public Relations Director. Johnathan has been employed at the speedway since 2001 in various roles and was transferred to the speedway broadcast tower in 2004. He was later placed as announcer in 2005 before taking his position as Public Relations Director in 2006.
About Jon Urlin– Although fans and drivers may be most familiar with Urlin’s competition success at Delaware Speedway in the Late Model division (including winning the Summer Showdown 2012); outside of Delaware Speedway he has been extremely busy. Urlin is currently the Lead Instructor with Porsche Cars Canada and has worked as an Internationally Certified Porsche Sport Driving School Instructor with various sport driving experiences in Canada, the USA, and internationally. Urlin also owns and operates the Gentlemen’s Race Karting Series, now coming into its 4th year of competition.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with competitors, sponsors, and the local community for the advancement of a high-quality grassroots motorsports entertainment experience,” said Urlin. “I want to support and expand the effort toward continued growth of motorsports at the grassroots level.”
Urlin’s directed focus of grass roots racing at the local-level signals, in part, Delaware Speedway’s larger plan for the upcoming seasons. The track is working towards strengthening its entry-level programming to make racing more accessible and bring new drivers into competition.
The track now moves towards its annual drivers meetings on January 11, with a schedule announcement set for January 21. Full information on the upcoming drivers meetings is available on the speedway website.
About Delaware Speedway- Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval stock-car track, located just west of London, Ontario, Canada. Since 1952, Delaware Speedway has been the home to some of the finest stock car racing in Canada. Its unique natural amphitheatre-like setting allows a family or group of friends to enjoy an exciting, comfortable, and affordable evening or afternoon of entertainment.
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