IMS Museum Announces Key Promotions, New Hire 

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Museum President Joe Hale has announced new senior leadership.  

Mandi Bender has been promoted to vice president of Operations after joining as director of Guest Experience and Events in March 2021. Bender will manage the day-to-day functioning of the Museum, including guest services, ticketing, events, and visitor amenities. Additionally, Bender will supervise the Museum's support services and maintenance and serve as a primary liaison with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Jason Vansickle has been promoted to vice president of Curation and Education. Vansickle has been with the Museum since 2011, having served in numerous roles most recently as curator since 2018. Vansickle will oversee new exhibition creation and content development. He will continue to oversee the collection, restoration department, and work to develop the Museum's educational programming. 

Kara Kovert Pray was hired as vice president of Marketing and Communications. Kovert Pray was most recently at Newfields as the director of Marketing. Prior, she worked at the Indiana Sports Corp as the director of Marketing & Public Relations. Kovert Pray will oversee all marketing and communication efforts for the Museum, including press coverage, advertising, and overall marketing strategy. 

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