By Kyle Fairchild, Penske Entertainment
On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on the morning of Groundhog Day, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. In the heart of winter in Indianapolis, it’s hard to think about warmer weather, blooming trees, green grass, flowers, springtime and many local residents’ favorite spring activity, cars on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, by mid-March and the end of Phil’s predicted six more weeks of winter, spring in Indianapolis will be right around the corner. You know what that means? The anticipation of a robust spring/summer event calendar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, will be palpable. Yet, before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indianapolis 500 event calendars are operating in full, The Racing Attorney Conference (“TRAC”) will be hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hulman Terrace Club on April 11-12.
TRAC is intended to bring attorneys from all facets of the racing and motorsports industry together in one place. But the Sports & Entertainment Law Section welcomes anyone, motorsports attorney or not, to join us at the conference. Do you love racing and want to get eight CLE hours related to racing? Do you want to spend two days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a hospitality area you may not get to see in May? Have you only been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for events centered around the Indianapolis 500 and want to see the venue in a more private way? Do you want to hear from industry experts so you can impress your family, friends and colleagues come May in Indianapolis by explaining the ins and outs of the important legal aspects of the sport? TRAC is for you!
First held in 2008, TRAC is an annual event that combines education, development and networking for leaders in the motorsports industry. The Indianapolis Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section is excited to relaunch TRAC at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The section’s planning committee is thrilled to offer a full agenda of CLE sessions at this year’s conference, which includes panels on legal and legislative developments in motorsports, government funding, marketing and sponsorship, ADA considerations for venue owners and patrons, advising new drivers in motorsports, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
New this year for TRAC is cooperation and collaboration with the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association, both of which have leaders in their associations already planning to host TRAC in 2024. With support of former host the North Carolina Bar Association, and recently confirming Texas’ involvement, the section’s planning committee truly believes TRAC is being revitalized. The vision for the future is to hold TRAC on a host city rotation to sustain the conference and continue to uphold TRAC as the national leader in motorsports legal education for years to come.
More information can be found on the TRAC website: The Racing Attorney Conference (racingattorneys.com), including a link to register. The Sports & Entertainment Law Section invites you to consider attending this unique CLE opportunity in April at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hopefully, you’re already thinking about the warmer weather, blooming trees, green grass, flowers, springtime and cars on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If so, it’s the perfect time to complete your registration so you can set your spring plans before Phil’s predicted six weeks of winter ends!•
Kyle Fairchild is corporate counsel with Penske Entertainment. Kyle is co-chair of The Racing Attorneys Conference and immediate past chair of IndyBar’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section.