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Palm Beach International Raceway One of Top Three Finalists in Venue Excellence

Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) LogoJUPITER, FL – July 29, 2013 – Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) was honored as one of the top 3 finalists in the category of stadiums at the 2013 Venue Excellence Awards luncheon held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Awards were presented on July 29, 2013, at VenueConnect, the International Association of Venue Manager's (IAVM) 88th annual conference and trade show.

Jason Rittenberry, CFE, the chief executive officer for PBIR attended the New Orleans conference to represent the venue. "On behalf of my entire staff in South Florida, I am truly honored to have Palm Beach International Raceway named among the best venues in the country, and I congratulate all the finalists and winners."

The other finalists in the category of stadiums were BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, which won the Award.

These prestigious awards recognize venues such as stadiums, convention centers, arenas, performing arts centers, and academic institutions that demonstrate excellence in the following four criteria: service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security, and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission, and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalist for each venue type, and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors. In its 88th year, the Association’s annual conference and trade show is considered to be one of the largest venue industry gatherings in the U.S. An estimated 1,600 venue management professionals and exhibitors attended this year’s conference.

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is a state-of-the-art, acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility featuring a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, and a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track. Approved for Indy Car testing, the 10-turn Road Course at PBIR consists of a6/10-mile straightaway, 90-foot-wide flex-use area, 40- to 60-foot-wide seamless track, and a 6-degree banked corner. The Road Course welcomes world-class annual events including Formula Drift and the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Designed by former NHRAWorld Champion Wayne McMurtry, the Drag Strip at PBIR hosts such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam™, Pro WinterWarm-Up, 5-Day Citrus Nationals, and Super Chevy Show. Sanctioned by the World Karting Association as a Master Track, the 12-turn, 26-foot-wide Kart Track at PBIR hosts the Florida Winter Tour and conducts karting schools, training courses, 3-hour endurance races, auto crossing events, racing leagues, and “arrive & drive” programs. Driving schools, testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are held at PBIR year-round. Founded in 1964 and acquired in 2008 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), PBIR underwent a $20 million remodeling including an upgraded Road Course, low-glare lighting, safety barriers, luxury chalet, VIP trailer and timing tower. Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the official home of the Palm Beach Driving Club®, MRP Motorsport, and Driven2Win Drag Racing School. IRG also owns and operates Memphis International Raceway™and International Hot Rod Association™. For more information, visit www.RacePBIR.com, connect with PBIR at www.Facebook.com/PalmBeachIntlRaceway, call 561-622-1400 or send an email to Info@RacePBIR.com.

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) currently has over 3800 members worldwide. Founded in 1924 as the Auditorium Managers Association, IAVM is the world's largest professional association dedicated to issues relevant to the management of public assembly venues. Association members include venue managers from amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, performing arts venues, stadiums and university complexes. The International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection between venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAVM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide.