Robin Braig, former track president at Daytona International Speedway, has died according to Daytona track officials. He was 64.
No cause of death was immediately available.
Braig was track president between 2002-2010 at one of NASCAR’s historic tracks, where the Daytona 500 has been a staple for years. Here’s what officials shared on the track’s Twitter account.
Robin Braig Remembered For Creativity In Daytona Role
NASCAR Chairman Jim France and Executive Vice Chair Lesa Kennedy issued a joint statement Thursday morning.
“Robin Braig used his creativity and passion for the sport and our fans to grow Daytona International Speedway to unprecedented heights,” according to a story in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
“His warmth, infectious laugh, and welcoming presence were trademarks of a man who made a lasting impression on all those he encountered,” France and Kennedy said. “We are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends as we share this loss.”
Braig reportedly suffered a stroke a few months ago but had recovered.
In 2010, Braig ended up being replaced at Daytona International Speedway by Joie Chitwood III. Track officials at the time said Braig was leaving to “pursue other opportunities,” according to ESPN.com.
One NASCAR fan replied on Twitter, “On the 20th Anniversary of Dale’s death no less. How untimely.”
Another one offered her condolences to Braig’s family via Twitter, “Thoughts and prayers are with his family”.
Daytona 500 Ratings Revealed After Rain, Wreck-Filled Day
Looking at this year’s Daytona 500, it had rain, wrecks, and delays. Michael McDowell ended up not only winning the “Great American Race” early Monday morning, but he also won his first NASCAR race in his career. Daytona International Speedway was a good track for McDowell on this wild-and-wooly race.
How did the race do in TV ratings? Well. the numbers indicate that the race held its own compared to other Sunday night programming.
The Daytona 500 had an average of 3.4 million viewers and posted a 0.7 television rating.
NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck’s poll shows fans were almost 50/50 when it comes to enjoying the race. In the poll, 57.1 percent thought it was a good race while 42.9 did not. Viewers say that the third-lap, 16-car pile-up, lengthy weather delays, and the end-of-race wreck were factors.
Veteran Associated Press auto writer Jenna Fryer shared her thoughts about this year’s Daytona 500.
“After another fireball finish endangered drivers and ruined millions of dollars in race cars, it’s hard not to wonder if the carnage is worth all this effort,” Fryer wrote.