NEMA is proud to announce that former championship driver and race director for the 2011 season, Tom Fox, has been promoted to its Director of Race Operations. Fox, and a team he will be assembling, will be responsible for all on track and off track operations each week.
“It’s about organization and showmanship. We are going to step up our game,” said NEMA President Mike Scrivani. “Putting on the best show we can each week, working with the promoters and their staff while at the race track, and coming prepared with the best possible show every week is our goal in 2012 and beyond. Having Tom on board to run this end of the business for us is both incredibly helpful and welcomed,” said Scrivani.
A machinist & fabricator by trade, as well as a storied NASCAR late model, modified and Busch East driver, Fox comes prepared for the task at hand in 2012 with NEMA. “I have been a fan of NEMA since the first time I watched them compete at Waterford back in the mid 70's. I always thought of the drivers as being true "daredevils", and almost 40 years later I see that it's true. NEMA is a true racers club, all of the members are passionate about Midget racing, and most of them have ties that go back a generation (or several),” said Fox.
Fox believes that NEMA has a bright future ahead of itself and that the NEMA Lite series has helped to “future proof” the series. “The creation and adoption of the Lite series a few years ago has created an affordable venue for talented young racers to get Midget experience. It's a true "feeder" division for the Midgets, and kids coming from Quarter Midgets and Karts can pursue their open wheeled dreams in an organized and affordable series,” said Fox.
When asked about his thoughts on taking on the role for the 2012 season, Fox says that …”The "Club" is what has kept this division arguably the strongest Midget Group in the Country, but every one of us recognize that we need to change the culture of the group in order to keep our Northeast prominence, and to enhance our fan appeal. I'm going to work hard, along with the rest of the members, to increase our "brand" awareness, and strive to make the NEMA program one of the most professional and efficient Touring programs available to fans and Promoters. We are continually looking at Rules and Procedures to streamline our product regarding on-track efficiency and the true cost of competing.”
Fox will lead NEMA into the opener at the Waterford Speedbowl, kicking off on March 31.
Sources: NEMA PR