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Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis leaves post for ‘new opportunities’


(Caption Information) Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White met Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Chevrolet SS for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup at Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan July 31, 2014. Davis and White will serve as the grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17 at Michigan International Speedway. Joining them to take for the ice for the first time was MIS president Roger Curtis. (John M. Galloway/Special to the News)

John M. Galloway

After a decade of serving as the track’s president, Roger Curtis has left Michigan International Speedway.

International Speedway Corp., the parent company of the 2-mile oval, announced in a release Tuesday afternoon that Curtis departed “to pursue new opportunities.” A replacement wasn’t announced, but Joie Chitwood, chief operating officer at ISC, will take over MIS operations in the interim.

“We want to thank Roger Curtis for his many years of service with ISC, and the last 10 years, specifically, as the face of Michigan International Speedway,” Chitwood said in a release. “We wish him much future success.”

Curtis became president of MIS in June 2006 after a two-year stint as the vice president of marketing at Auto Club Speedway. He previously served as the director of marketing at Richmond International Raceway (2000-2004) and Watkins Glen International (1996-2000).

Michigan played host Sunday to the second of its two annual Sprint Cup race weekends.