Kansas Speedway has announced a new female-focused infield hospitality option called Beyond the Checkered.
This option will include question-and-answer sessions with women inside the NASCAR industry and Kansas City-based female executives, according to a spokesman.
According to the Kansas Speedway, those who have said they will participate in the question-and-answer sessions include Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president and chief marketing officer; Sherry Pollex, longtime girlfriend of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Martin Truex Jr, ovarian cancer survivor, owner of Lavendar Boutique, founder and vice president of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, and creator of SherryStrong.org, a website designed to empower women about their health; Samantha Busch, wife of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch, mom, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger, IVF advocate, philanthropist and race team co-owner; Julie Giese, president of ISM Raceway; Kim Coon, MRN reporter and co-host of Glass Case of Emotion podcast with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney; Amy Walsh Stock, public relations representative for Jimmie Johnson and Charlotte Candle Company co-owner; Kirsten Krug, Kansas City Chiefs vice president of administration; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and WIN KC – president and CEO; and, Sara Panek, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway vice president of marketing. Additional question-and-answer participants will be announced later.
In addition to the question-and-answer participants, women executives will be in attendance to mingle with attendees.
Beyond the Checkered will take place in the driver-crew chief meeting tent located inside FanWalk in the infield and will be from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. In addition to the question-and-answer sessions, where fans will have the opportunity to ask questions, a light brunch will be provided, along with a gift bag, cold garage access, FanVision, opportunity to watch the pre-race concert and driver introductions from the infield, and the opportunity to watch the driver-crew chief meeting. Tickets for Beyond the Checkered are $50 and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket or RV admission. Tickets may be purchased at https://secure.racetickets.com/KansasSpeedway/ft/util/launcher/Launcher.cfm?gatewayPass=1&VenueID=T5&filter=15808&action=PublicPkg&TixEventID=5451 or by calling 866-460-7223.
- Story from Kansas Speedway