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WISE Arizona Names Phoenix Raceway President Latasha Causey its 2023 Inspiring Sports Executive of the Year

PHOENIX (September 28, 2023) – Women in Sports Events (WISE) Arizona honored Phoenix Raceway President Latasha Causey Wednesday night as the recipient of the Inspiring Sports Executive of the Year Award at the WISE Arizona Women of Inspiration Gala.

“It is hard to think of someone more deserving of this award than Latasha Causey,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Track Properties Officer. “Latasha’s work at Phoenix Raceway is nothing short of inspirational, and she’s making a tremendous difference within the community and our sport.”

A longtime native of the West Valley and former community development executive, Causey took leadership over Phoenix Raceway at the end of 2022 and became the first female African American track president in NASCAR history. She continues to serve as a founding member of the NASCAR Accelerators host committee while also acting as a member of the Boy and Girls Clubs of the Valley Board of Directors, and Vice Chair of the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Her Inspiring Sports Executive of the Year Award from WISE Arizona joins a collection of other notable distinguishments, including being named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZ Big Media in 2021 and being chosen as a 2018 Outstanding Women in Business honoree by the Phoenix Business Journal.  She was also featured in Frontdoors Magazine for her philanthropic accomplishments in 2017.

Founded in 2018, WISE Arizona carries out the WISE mission by facilitating meaningful connections among local industry professionals and offering programming, events and valuable networking opportunities in the area throughout the year. WISE — Women in Sports and Events — is the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports. A national organization and registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit headquartered in New York City, WISE has chapters across North America.

Latasha Causey’s leadership will be on full display during NASCAR Championship Weekend, Nov. 3-5. It begins Friday, Nov. 3 with an action-packed doubleheader involving the ARCA Menards Series West Championship Race, the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100, and the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Championship.

The excitement continues Saturday, Nov. 4, when the green flag flies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race. Then on Sunday, Nov. 5, the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series will battle for the Bill France Cup in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.

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About Phoenix Raceway

Home to NASCAR Championship Weekend since 2020, Phoenix Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest since 1964 and hosts two NASCAR race weekends each year. In 2023, the spring event weekend, March 10-12, kicks off the race season at Phoenix Raceway and features the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series. Phoenix Raceway will once again host NASCAR Championship Weekend, November 3-5. During the action-packed, three-day event, champions will be crowned in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series West. Phoenix Raceway also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, corporate meetings and conferences, charity events, weddings, holiday events, sport and endurance competitions, driving schools and Segway tours. For more information, visit and download the new NASCAR Tracks App at


Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).


Matt Humphrey

NASCAR Communications


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