Staff changes in the Facilities and Event Operations Department


Numerous staff changes have taken effect in the Facilities and Operations Department at Michigan International Speedway to continue to help the track host successful NASCAR and non-racing events. 

“We are happy to make these changes to our Facilities and Event Operations Department,” track President Roger Curtis said. “The goal is to always promote deserving individuals from within our organization. These individuals are extremely hard workers and have shown through their dedication to the speedway they are worthy of new responsibilities.”

Craig Hatch was promoted to vice president of Facilities and Operations after serving as the senior director of the Facilities Department since 2012.

Hatch rejoined the MIS staff in 2012 after originally serving as the operations manager for the track from 1995 to 1999. He also served as the director of operations at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, beginning in 1999. Hatch brought a wealth of knowledge to the track after working for the Gameday Management Group in his most recent position. In that job he was instrumental in developing an operational plan with a variety of venues to host events throughout the country.

In his position with MIS, Hatch and his team are responsible for maintaining the 1,400-acre property as well as the numerous buildings and vehicles. The department is instrumental in every race fan enjoying the facility and the look of the track, as well as getting the place ready for non-racing events. He will also oversee all new construction at MIS.

Hatch is a Central Michigan University graduate and resides in Jackson, Michigan.

In addition, Tim Lamb was promoted to director of Event Operations. He will oversee the sign and event equipment requirements in regards to logistical planning and execution. Lamb will also be instrumental in the track’s compliance with all Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Lamb started full-time in the Entertainment Department at Michigan International Speedway in 2001. He has also worked at Kutcha’s Party Rental and in merchandise for Americrown for two years. Lamb and his family reside in Onsted, Michigan.

Gary Cox is taking on added responsibilities as the facility manager. In his new role, he will assist Pat Feekings, Facilities Director, in the maintenance, construction, housekeeping and landscaping at the speedway.

Jamie Nichols was promoted to manager of Event Operations. He will oversee the sign shop and assist Lamb in the execution of the events.

In addition, Eric Hadden was named the Event Operations Digital Print Coordinator. He is in charge of all printing and sign needs at MIS.

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