International Speedway Corporation has named Dave Allen President of Auto Club Speedway, effective immediately. Allen accepts the role from his most recent position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ACS.
Allen replaces Gillian Zucker who was recently named President of Business Operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
Allen, 41, a 17-year veteran in the sports marketing industry, will report to ISC President, John R. Saunders and will be responsible for all operations of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.
“Dave is a proven leader with a strong background and knowledge of the motorsports industry, the Inland Empire/L.A. markets and Auto Club Speedway,” said Saunders. “He brings experience and strong leadership skills needed to help continue to position Auto Club Speedway and motorsports for growth in Southern California.”
“I’m so excited to lead this incredible group of professionals here at Auto Club Speedway,” said Allen. “Southern California is known for its strong car culture and racing history and I look forward to building on those traditions with the help of our staff and amazing fans.”
Allen joined Penske Motorsports at previously-named California Speedway in April of 1999 after spending one year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. From 2002-2006, he served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing before being named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2006 with oversight of all sponsorship, hospitality, suite and consumer sales. In 2008 Allen, along with former track president Gillian Zucker, completed the Speedway’s groundbreaking naming rights partnership with Auto Club of Southern California.
Allen, his wife and three children reside in Upland, CA.