A new year will see familiar faces in new places at Speed51.com powered by JEGS in 2016. The management team at Speed51.com is pleased to announce the assignment of four State Editors for the upcoming racing season. Aaron Creed (Pennsylvania and New York), Connor Sullivan (Connecticut, Long Island and Massachusetts), Patrick Hahe (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) and Shari Garber (Idaho and Washington) will all take on an increased role with Speed51.com for the new year.
State Editors will be responsible for covering the day-to-day news from their respective states and areas with breaking news, unique feature stories and video. They will work with 51’s regional editors to make sure that the biggest news stories from their respective states are covered while also working to find exclusive and unique content for the readers of Speed51.com.
Creed of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania has worked with Speed51.com since the 2013 racing season. He attended and graduated from the small college of Elizabethtown with a degree in Computer Science and Information Systems Studies.
While his degree and full-time job feature different sights and sounds than what he witnesses at the race track, motorsports is something that he has had a passion about since a very early age. Creed will bring that passion and dedication to motorsports in his region to Speed51.com as a State Editor.
“I look forward to continuing Speed51.com’s increase in presence throughout Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, including the Race of Champions Modified Tour,” he said. “The region boasts a varied and diverse amount of short track racing disciplines, which not only makes traveling to the many unique and scenic venues exciting for me but also for our readers in other parts of the country who often may not have the chance to see the great stories that come from the events in this area in person.”
Sullivan, of Simsbury, Connecticut, joined the Speed51.com team as a correspondent for the 2015 racing season after spending two seasons as a pit reporter at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and began covering short track racing in 2013 with a weekly self-produced radio show on WHUS Radio in Storrs, Connecticut.
Like Creed, Sullivan also has a passion for the racing in his region, specifically the ground-pounding Modifieds that are the staple of race tracks throughout the state of Connecticut.
“Joining Speed51.com as a correspondent in 2015 was an eye-widening experience and it left me wanting to do more,” said Sullivan. “I am excited and thankful to be able to do just that in 2016, especially with the stiffest weekly competition returning and an increased presence of touring competition coming up in this part of the country. Most of all I’m looking forward to being back with the great Speed51.com team and adding to the wealth of short track coverage Speed51.com provides every season.”
Hahe, of Akron, Ohio, began working with the Speed51.com team during the middle stages of the 2015 racing season with the launch of the Speed51 Network. Patrick, a graduate of Marietta College, founded the website NEO Racing News in 2013, which focused on bringing social media coverage to tracks in and around northeast Ohio. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and passion for his region to the Speed51.com team in 2016.
“I’m very excited to bring my regional knowledge and in-car camera experience to the Speed51 team,” said Hahe. “I look forward to expanding my coverage area to include Indiana and Michigan, and continue to report on what I feel is the best racing in America right now.”
Garber, of Spokane, Washington, joins the 51 team as a State Editor after covering a number of West Coast events with Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage in 2015. Her experience in racing comes from the grandstand side after developing an interest for the sport while watching her dad race in the 60s.
Garber became more involved in racing as a teenager when she joined her mother as a line scorer for the Northwest Super Stock Association. In the 80s, Garber held the role of assistant manager of Northwest Speedway (now Stateline Speedway) before most recently assisting with media for the Northwest Super Late Model Series.
“It’s an honor to be joining Speed51.com as the Washington/Idaho State Editor in 2016, along with providing Trackside Now coverage in the Northwest,” said Garber. “There are many talented drivers in this part of the country, and I’m excited to bring their news to Speed51.com. I’m looking forward to lots of racing action and covering more venues and drivers this season.”
With the announcement of our 2016 State Editors, Speed51.com is still seeking correspondents, photographers and videographers throughout the United States and Canada. If you are interested in working for Speed51.com, please email [email protected]
-51 Sports Press Release