Delaware Speedway management recently announced that former competitor Johnathan Urlin of London, Ontario will be joining their operations and management team next season. He will be focused on the racing product, especially entry-level divisions, as well as overall operations and event management.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with competitors, sponsors, and the local community for the advancement of a high-quality grassroots motorsports entertainment experience,” Urlin said. “I want to support and expand the effort toward continued growth of motorsports at the grassroots level.”
Urlin, a past winner of the Summer Showdown event, is currently the Lead instructor with Porche Cars Canada and has worked as an Internationally Certified Porsche Sport Driving School Instructor with various sport driving experiences in Canada, the USA, and internationally. Urlin also owns and operates the Gentlemen’s Race Karting Series, now coming into its 4th year of competition.
Track Manager Paul Houghton has handled operations for the past five years, though will be taking a step back this upcoming season. He will continue to be the track's Junior Racing League program director for 2014.
“After five years at the track it was time for me to pull back on the throttle,” explained Houghton. “The owners wanted a change and to bring in Jonathan Urlin and I needed a change. I truly appreciate the support given to me by the past and present owners. I was very fortunate to work with great staff. I had the privilege of working with the drivers and teams and have great respect for them and what they do. We have very loyal and dedicated fans at Delaware Speedway and I look forward to sitting with them to enjoy the races. I also look forward to continuing on with the Krown Junior Racing League and working with the young drivers and their families.”
Johnathan Houghton will continue as Public Relations Director. Johnathan has been employed at the speedway since 2001 in various roles and was transferred to the speedway broadcast tower in 2004. He was later placed as announcer in 2005 before taking his position as Public Relations Director in 2006.
The next step as preparations continue for the upcoming season is the annual driver's meeting on January 11th, with a schedule announcement set for January 21. Full information on the upcoming drivers meetings is available on the speedway website at http://www.delawarespeedway.com