Speedway President Ed Clark Keeps Busy Year-Round
Thursday, April 10, 2003
With just two NASCAR Winston Cup race weekends each year, a lot of people wonder what happens the rest of the year. So what does the president of a speedway do all year long, you ask? We¿ve been trying to figure that out for years (just kidding, Mr. Clark!).
In addition to running the speedway on a day-to-day basis, overseeing all aspects of maintenance and development, managing a full-time staff of 55, lobbying for the speedway and always looking for ways to grow and improve, Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark also takes time to give back to the community.
Clark recently visited with several classes of students from nearby Flat Rock Middle School in Atlanta, Ga. After bribing them with miniature race cars, Clark gave them a brief synopsis of what it takes to manage a raceway and answered their questions about racing. Below are several of the letters he received after his presentation. We thought you would enjoy reading how he touched a few of these sixth-graders¿ lives.
Dear Mr. Clark:
Thank you so much for coming to talk to us at Flat Rock. We all really enjoyed it, especially me. I think it¿s very neat that you had a dream to have a job that pertained to racing and you accomplished your goal in life. I hope I accomplish my goals too.
I learned that whatever your goal in life is, try to accomplish it. It¿s not impossible. I think that statement is so very true. Even if you think your goal is something near impossible, still try to live up to it.
I will use the information you gave us today forever. Thank you so much!
Dear Ed Clark:
Thank you for coming to Flat Rock and speaking with us about race cars. Thank you for those mini cars. I enjoyed how you talked to us about one of your favorite race car drivers, Richard Petty, and how you liked him not because he won but because of how he liked his fans. I really enjoyed that story. Thank you again for coming.
Dear Mr. Clark:
Thank you for coming to our school. I really appreciated what you did. I learned from you that race car drivers place bags of ice in their clothes. You are a really nice guy. The whole 6B thanks you for the cars.