Topeka, KS – June 28, 2016: Officials at the New Heartland Park Topeka announce the hiring of motorsports veteran Ron Conner in a dual role as the new Drag Strip Race Director and Facility Maintenance Manager. Conner brings years of drag racing and management experience to the team at Heartland Park Topeka and is a welcomed addition as the facility is ramping up weekly drag racing programs as well as opening the new motocross track on July 10.
“We are very pleased to have Ron join our team here at Heartland Park,” says Scott Gardner, President of Heartland Park Topeka. “We are really just getting everything up to speed as far as running our regular drag racing programs, not to mention hosting events such as the NHRA Nationals, as well as the upcoming Lucas Oil Drag Race Series, Havoc in the Heartland and Summit ET Bracket Series events. Ron brings a wealth of experience to our team and his dual roles as Drag Strip Race Director and Facility Maintenance Manager solidifies our position in being able to support all of the motorsports venues here at Heartland Park.”
Conner competed in NHRA drag racing events regularly from 1974 until 1983 and served as the original Safety Director when Heartland Park Topeka first opened in 1989. He was also instrumental in developing the track’s first bracket racing series in 1990. In 2000, Conner was named Services Coordinator for NHRA Division V and in 2007, he started with the NHRA’s nationally-recognized Mello Yello Safety Safari team, eventually working his way up to Rescue Coordinator until resigning to return to Heartland Park Topeka.
“It’s great to be back here at Heartland Park Topeka,” says Conner. “The new ownership and current management team has the horsepower and drive to make this huge facility better than it’s ever been before. I’m excited to be part of the team and look forward to being a part of bringing Heartland Park Topeka back to the premier-level facility it deserves to be.”