Longtime NASCAR executive Mike Helton was named to the Board of Managers of AMA Pro Racing -- the governing body of American Flat Track motorcycle racing -- on Monday.

The 65-year-old Helton, who plans to stay on in his current role at NASCAR as vice chairman, joins David Atlas, Tom Bledsoe, George Silbermann and Mark Raffauf on the board. Helton is a past president of NASCAR and has served as vice chairman since 2015. He's been with NASCAR since 1994.

“Mike Helton brings a lifetime of motorsports experience to American Flat Track during a period of rapid growth for the sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We welcome Mike to the board and are looking forward to the benefit of his insights and guidance.”

Helton’s duties with NASCAR involve overseeing competition, helping guide NASCAR leadership in its strategic planning and expanding the sport’s reach, both nationally and internationally. Helton is a current member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of the company’s Executive Council.

Helton is also chairman of The NASCAR Foundation, a charity that raises money and encourages volunteerism as it supports nonprofit causes around the country. Additionally, his career includes operational stints at two major racing venues, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway -- and he’s also spent some time in a race car.

“I’m excited about becoming a part of AMA Pro Racing’s Board of Managers,” Helton said. “I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast for most of my life and really am impressed with the direction American Flat Track is going. I look forward to being a part of their increasing role in motorsports.”

Source: Autoweek

October 29, 2018