News & Multimedia

Surber Named Public Relations Manager At IMS

Veteran sports publicist Tom Surber recently joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as public relations manager.

Indiana native Surber will be responsible for media relations and promotions for IMS and its three world-class events, the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

“As a native Hoosier, I’ve always had the greatest respect for the history, tradition and majesty of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what it means to sports fans around the world,” Surber said. “Having the opportunity to work for IMS is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Surber comes to IMS after working as media information manager at USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long distance running and race walking, since 1987. He assisted local, regional and international media with coverage of competitions worldwide, including the IAAF World Championships, and has worked with U.S. Olympic greats such as Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

During his tenure at USATF, Surber also assisted with game-day operations for the Indianapolis Colts and was statistician for NBC’s television coverage of Notre Dame home football games.

Surber also served as media/public relations manager for the Indianapolis Checkers hockey team from 1985-87 and worked during the early 1980s on the sports staff at WPFR-FM and WTWO television in Terre Haute, Ind.

“I’m excited to welcome Tom to our talented, dedicated staff of professionals,” said Mark Dill, IMS vice president of marketing and public relations. “Tom’s vast experience in sports public relations will strengthen existing relationships with worldwide media and find new avenues to promote IMS and its extraordinary events.”

Surber received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in broadcasting, in 1980 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

***

2011 IMS tickets: Tickets are on sale for all three races in 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29, the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 31 and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, Aug. 28 – at www.imstix.com.

For more information, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2011 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Surber Named Public Relations Manager At IMS
 
Surber Named Public Relations Manager At IMS
Veteran sports publicist Tom Surber recently joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as public relations manager. Indiana native Surber will be responsible for media relations and promotions for IMS and its three world-class events, the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Read More
Related Media
Scott Dixon
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Dixon Lands 36th Career IndyCar Win at Long Beach
Dixon's first victory at Long Beach was his 36th overall, breaking a tie with Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time Indy car list. Al Unser is fourth with 39 victories. It was the 98th Indy car victory for team owner Chip Ganassi.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Hinchcliffe Prevails in Wet, Wild Indy GP of Louisiana
James Hinchcliffe had a premonition midway through the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana when his crew ordered him not to make a pit stop like the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field leaders at NOLA Motorsports Park. The hunch came true when the Canadian took the checkered flag to win a wild and unpredictable series debut on the 2.74-mile road course outside New Orleans.
Read More
Panasonic
 
IMS, Panasonic Dial Up Fans' Race Day Experience
New high-definition LED networked video boards are significantly larger and twice as bright; digital displays offer spectators unimpeded view of on-track action
Read More
Chevrolet
 
IMS and Chevrolet Extend Partnership
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and long-standing partner Chevrolet have agreed to a multi-year extension of their partnership agreement.
Read More
The Rolling Stones
 
The Rolling Stones to Rock IMS July 4
The band has announced that they will kick off their new 15-city North American stadium, ZIP CODE tour, in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. The band will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis on July 4.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 488
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Who's ready to go @IndyCar racing?! https://t.co/nXiUbi1wDr
about 4 hours ago