Story By: RACING PROMOTION MONTHLY – DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The 48th Annual RPM Workshops held at the Plaza Resort & Spa Daytona Beach Resort, February 8th and 9th will have a stellar lineup up of speakers and presenters set for promoters who attend the annual workshops to garner ideas and continue developing and growing their businesses while having the opportunity to connect with a variety of colleagues and exhibitors that touch every corner of the short track racing industry.
The speaking lineup includes; Randy LaJoie, former multi-time NASCAR champion, who now owns his own racecar racing seat fabrication company – The Joie of Seating – while continuously promoting safety in every form of racing, including starting his own program “Safer Racer”. LaJoie has visited many tracks and events throughout the country and can offer a variety of views on topics that can help promoters in a several different aspects.
John Schneider, who played Bo Duke will be in attendance at the podium. Schneider has developed a passion for short track racing is highlighted in the most recent issue of Speedway Illustrated.
Noted NASCAR car owner, Bill McAnally, who also promotes All American Speedway in Roseville, California and several other racing events on the West Coast, is also a NAPA AutoCare owner will assist in delivering the “keynote” message which he was slated to do in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Dick Berggren will also be addressing the RPM@Daytona attendees. Berggren has a unique view of the sport and he has been afforded a great view of the sport from many different perspectives. He has a unique understanding of things and a brilliant delivery. He will provide a valued and educational perspective for all attending.
This lineup is just the tip of the iceberg in the RPM@Daytona schedule. Traditional sessions, include the legal update and “Pro Bono” hour will be expounded upon and delivered in breakout sessions as well as the introduction of the regional Auto Racing Promoter-of-the-Year winner’s along with the 45th Auto Racing Promoter-of-the-Year (ARPY).
RPM@DAYTONA WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – Subject to change, additional topics and presenters
The Plaza Resort & Spa; 600 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach 32118
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021;
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. RPM@DAYTONA Workshop Credentials in Convention entrance area at the Plaza Resort & Spa (congregating will not be permitted). *** NEW LOCATION ***
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2021
8:00 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area at the Plaza Resort &
Spa (Advanced and late-entry credentials available.)
8:45 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, products and services for promoters and short tracks.
9:45 a.m. PROMOTERS’ WELCOME, The Plaza Resort & Spa.
9:45 a.m. 48th Annual RPM@DAYTONA Workshops Opening
10:00 a.m. BILL MCANALLY;. Opening comments and Introduction.
10:30 a.m. FIRST PART OF AWARDS, Winner’s from regions are announced.
11:00 a.m. RANDY LAJOIE, Safety Conversation.
11:45-1:15 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:15 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, announcements and introduction of special guests;
PAUL UNDERWOOD – K&K Insurance
PAUL MENTING – Hoosier Racing Tire
1:45 p.m. BILL MCANALLY, Marketing Partners, Building the “long-term” relationship
2:15 p.m. BREAK OUT ROOM CHANGE OVER
2:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Five topics, two rooms.
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
2:45-3:30 p.m. THE LIVE STREAM… Media and Social Media Management seminar, led by Industry Leaders including Josh Holt and Chris Graner.
3:30-4:15 p.m. “CONTACTLESS” POINT OF PURCHASE DISCUSSION led by industry insiders who have experience and specialize in this now important part of our industry. Frank Bolter – Pit Pay, Josh Holt – MyRacePass.
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
2:45-3:30 p.m. PANDEMIC DISCUSSION, WHERE WE STARTED, HOW IT’S GOING AND WHAT’S NEXT? An open discussion in regard to how the industry continues to manage its way through the pandemic. (Jeff Hachmann from World Racing Group to lead discussion).
3:30-4:15 p.m. DINNER WITH RACERS, A PANDEMIC VIEWING; check out Dinner with Racer’s as it aired on Amazon Prime with several interviews and opinions of track management during the pandemic.
4:15-5:00 AFTERNOON AMBIANCE JOIN 43RD ARPY… “Sometimes it Rains, Sometimes it’s a Pandemic” 43rd ARPY Gregg McKarns and his wife, Angie McKarns discuss the trials and tribulations of their season, along with open candor and a look into how this has deeply affected our industry.
5:15 p.m. INTRODUCTION OF THE 45TH AUTO-RACING PROMOTER-OF-THE-YEAR (ARPY) – Main Room
6:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS, ADJOURNMENT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2021
8:15 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area at the Plaza Resort & Spa; Advanced and late-entry credentials available.
8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, Continental breakfast, products and services for promoters and short tracks.
9:30 a.m. WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS.
9:45 a.m. THE GOOD DOCTOR, DR. DICK BERGGREN: Dr. Dick Berggren has done it all in the sport. From participation and publishing, to promoting to becoming one of the most recognized reporters the sport has ever had.
10:15 a.m. ANNUAL CASE LAW SUMMARY: a review the the year’s case law decisions.
11:15 a.m. PANDEMIC LAW: updating attendees on the circumstances that surround our environment.
11:45 a.m. A VISIT WITH A SPECIAL GUEST (TO BE ANNOUNCED)
12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:30 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, followed by Concurrent Sessions: with influential topics presented in two rooms.
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – PRO-BONO HOUR, takes an hour to discuss topics individually.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – PANDEMIC RULES, PROFESSIONALS SPEAK IN REGARD TO THE PANDEMIC; An open discussion in regard to things you need to be aware of while managing your events.
3:00-3:45 p.m. – THE RETURN OF 25 IDEAS: 25 promotional ideas.
3:45-4:30 p.m. – STREAMING BREAKDOWN: Who is watching? Who is buying packages? What sells and how do we know? Compare notes and find out what we know?
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE CRATE DISCUSSION, THE UPDATE AND CONTINUED DISCUSSION led by Bill Martens from Chevrolet Performance.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – THE ESSENCE OF THE EVENT… What makes an event special? Covered in the most recent RPM Newsletter? How do you make your events special?
3:00-3:45 p.m. – RICK RADUCHA, SITTING IN YOUR SEATS? Long time racing personality, Rick Raducha, talks with tracks about the importance of handicap seating and openly tells his story and how what we do, has made for a lifetime of experiences for him in many different ways.
3:45-4:30 p.m. – RPM WORKSHOPS DISCUSSION What is next? What needs to be discussed? Where do we go from here?
5:00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT: Enjoy ‘Speedweeks’. Racing at the World Center or Racing, Daytona International Speedway, the speedweeks short track entertainment at Volusia Speedway Park, New Smyrna Speedway, East Bay Raceway Park or Bubba’s Speedway Park.