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Sean Bratches To Step Down From F1 Duties
 Industry News
Sean Bratches will step down from his role as Managing Director of Commercial Operations at the end of the month following three years at the organization.
  Bratches joined Formula 1 as part of Liberty Media’s acquisition of the organization in January 2017.
BAPS Motor Speedway (PA) Introduces New Rental Program
 Industry News
Laps at BAPS will allow drivers to rent a Super Sportsman build for an entire practice night, with 17 available dates on the 2020 schedule beginning on March 7.
  The new program is designed to help increase participation in its weekly division.
Chinese Tariffs To Continue Through November; Will Be Tied To China’s Compliance Under Agreement
 Industry News
The US and China signed a “phase one” trade deal whereby China will buy more US goods and implement some structural changes to its trade laws.
  The Trump Administration maintains the 25% tariffs imposed by the US on List 1, 2 and 3 products.
Eight Inductees Announced For National Sprint Car HoF
 Industry News
Greg Hodnett, Tim Shaffer, Jeff Swindell, Walter Dyer, Paul Leffler, Don Lamberti, L. Spencer Riggs, and Bill Cummings make up the Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.
  Inductees will be honored on May 30 during the 31st annual ceremonies in Knoxville, Iowa.
Universal Technical Institute Announces Changes To Senior Leadership Team
 Industry News
Todd Hitchcock has joined the company as Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, and Lori Smith has been promoted to Chief Information Officer.
  UTI is also looking to fill the position of Senior Vice President—Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
COTA Promotes Rick Abbott To COO
 Industry News
As Chief Operating Officer, Abbott will continue to work closely with Circuit of The Americas (COTA) CEO and Chairman Bobby Epstein as well as race leadership from Formula 1, IndyCar, and more.
  Abbott will oversee day-to-day operations of the Austin, Texas motorsports facility.
Cometic Gasket Acquires Marine Gasket Manufacturer
 Industry News
Moving forward, all Gasket Technology business will be conducted under the Cometic Gasket brand. Gasket Technology focuses on marine offerings, expanding Cometic Gasket’s line of engine sealing solutions.
  Cometic Gasket is based in Concord, Ohio.
Bob, Dawn Patison Retire From Lucas Oil
 Industry News
Robert “Bob” Patison served as the long term Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil Products, the President of MAVTV, and the former General Counsel. His wife, Dawn, held the position of Studio Operations Director.
  Both joined Lucas Oil in its infancy back in 1994.

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