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Bank executive Latasha Causey named Phoenix Raceway president

Phoenix Raceway president

Former bank executive Latasha Causey, a Phoenix native and community development executive, has been named track president at Phoenix Raceway.

Causey will become the first female Black track president in NASCAR history and the second woman to hold the position at Phoenix Raceway. She will replace Julie Giese, who is leading NASCAR’s advance work for next year’s street race in Chicago.

Causey will begin work at the track Nov. 28.

Causey is a founding member of the NASCAR Accelerators host committee established in 2020. The committee is composed of community and business leaders who serve as Arizona’s ambassadors for NASCAR. In 2021 she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZ Big Media, and in 2018 the Phoenix Business Journal honored her as part of its Outstanding Women in Business Awards.

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“Latasha’s track record speaks for itself as a highly experienced executive that prioritizes relationships and giving back to the community – also core values of ours at NASCAR,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR senior vice president and chief track properties officer in a statement released by the speedway. “NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway take pride in making a positive impact on the community through creating a best-in-class experience for fans when they visit the track, as well as through actively giving back and playing a significant role as a community partner. Because of these ideals, Latasha is the perfect fit to lead Phoenix Raceway into 2023 and beyond.”

Causey called NASCAR “a sport that brings people together, and as a result, Phoenix Raceway plays a key role in showcasing our great community to visitors across the country every year. I cannot wait to help build upon the great work that’s already been done in making this facility one of the true gems in sports and entertainment.”

Most recently, Causey served as vice president and community development officer for Bell Bank in Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University, where she is now a member of the ASU Alumni Board of Directors. She went on to receive her Master’s degree with a concentration in organizational management and holds a professional human resources certification.

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