Competition Director and Technical Inspector Ricky Brooks will be leaving his position at New Smyrna Speedway, effective immediately. In an email sent to drivers Monday night, Brooks cited "current management and ownership status" as the reason for his departure from the speedway.
"There has been an ongoing challenge with current management to keep things in perspective," Brooks said. "I pride myself in always trying to do what is best for the racer whether it be in technical inspection or the manner in which they are treated at an event.
“I would like to apologize to Robert Hart and all the drivers in advance, knowing that I will see you at other tracks in the near future. I will not be at any events associated with the current management of New Smyrna Speedway from this day forward."
Brooks has been credited by many racers and race teams for helping equalize the playing field at New Smyrna Speedway during his tenure, specifically during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February. In the email sent to teams Monday night, Brooks informed teams to direct all further correspondence or questions about future events to the management at New Smyrna Speedway.
In addition to his previous positions at New Smyrna Speedway, Brooks currently holds positions with Five Flags Speedway, the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series and Trans-Am Series, among others events he offers his services at. This week, he will be performing his job duties during the 52nd Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.
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