MADISON, Ind. (April 2004) Kentucky Speedway founder Jerry
L. Carroll will be the kickoff speaker for the Madison Area Chamber
of Commerce's fourth annual Regional Business Expo, scheduled from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Madison Consolidated
The expo is a family-oriented event to help introduce residents to
products and services of area businesses. There will be food vendors
and children's activities, plus an opportunity to meet two ARCA RE/MAX
Series drivers, Darrell Basham of Scottsburg and Jeff Caudell of Austin.
Both are scheduled to bring their race cars for display, along with
the Kentucky Speedway show car and mascot, "Horsepower."
Carroll will speak at the kickoff buffet dinner Friday, April 16,
at the Montpelier Inn in downtown Madison. Carroll and other special
guests from the world of motorsports are scheduled to greet guests
starting at 6 p.m. The buffet will open at 7 p.m. The Carroll DeCamp
Trio will provide musical entertainment before dinner and after Carroll's
"Pursue the Dream" is the theme for the evening as Carroll
describes the vision he had for a world-class race track in Gallatin
County, Ky. Opened in 2000, Kentucky Speedway is a $155-million, 1.5-mile
superspeedway that play hosts to such events as the Busch Series'
"Meijer 300;" a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race; the
Indy Racing Series' "Belterra Casino Indy 300;" and the
ARCA RE/MAX "Channel 5-205." More than a million fans have
attended races there in the track's first four seasons.
Carroll is chairman and co-owner of Kentucky Speedway, LLC, and Carroll
Properties, Inc. He was instrumental in forming a five-member investor
group that constructed and currently owns Kentucky Speedway. The facility
has contributed to the growth of NASCAR, Indy Racing League (IRL)
and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events and made a significant
economic impact in Gallatin County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky
by spurring employment opportunities, new and improved infrastructure
Carroll also has exercised his business skills in the thoroughbred
racing industry. During a 10-year period, his foresight and business
acumen transformed an ailing thoroughbred racing facility, Latonia
Racetrack in Florence, Ky., into the nationally acclaimed Turfway
Park. In 1999, he sold the facility to a partnership composed of the
Keeneland Association, Harrahs Entertainment and G-Tech.
In 1996, Carroll received the prestigious Keene Daingerfield Award
for his contributions to the national thoroughbred industry. That
same year, he also was named the Kentucky Horsemen Man of the
Year for his contributions to the sport and Commonwealth.
Carroll began his real estate career in 1970 and, by the mid-1980s,
became the largest office building developer in Tennessee, primarily
focusing on the Nashville market. Throughout his career, he has successfully
developed numerous urban and suburban office, retail and industrial,
as well as single and multi-family residential.
Kentucky Speedway is the primary sponsor of Regional Business Expo
2004. Kentucky Speedway has been instrumental in providing the special
events that will make this fourth annual Business Expo a memorable
one, according to Expo Chairman Geoff Walburn.
Our Expo has always been based on pursuing your business dreams.
The recent popularity of racing in general is a prime example of this.
We feel that Mr. Carrolls story, given his local background,
and the manner in which he has made his own dream into a huge success,
complements our theme, Geoff said.
The public is welcome at Expo '04, which will showcase more than 50
businesses whose products and services are available in the Madison
area. The event is being held in the school's gym and parking lot
to allow plenty of space for exhibitors and race vehicles. There will
be plenty of family activities to enjoy. Admission is free.
The kickoff dinner on Friday evening is for sponsors, exhibitors
and others who purchase advance tickets. Seating is limited. Tickets
are available at $25 from the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, 975
Industrial Dr., Madison. For information, contact Laura Hodges at
(812) 265-3135, Ext. 254, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.