Mark Simendinger

Mark served as Development Manager and General Manager of Kentucky Speedway from its inception in 1998 until 2021. In this role he oversaw the development, financing, construction and operation of the quarter billion dollar speedway. During this time, Kentucky Speedway conducted races at the highest level of American racing, including the IndyCar Series and NASCAR’s Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series. Prior to his tenure at Kentucky Speedway, Mark served as President of Turfway Park Race Course and supervised its transformation from old Latonia to a renovated and invigorated Turfway Park. In 2016 Mark was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to serve on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and in 2018 he was appointed as Vice Chairman, in which capacity he served for two years. He also served as Chairman of the KHRC Rules Committee for his entire six-year tenure. Mark also served as President of Carroll Properties, a commercial real estate development company, and was a long-time associate of Turfway Park and Kentucky Speedway principal, Jerry Carroll. Mark has recently been active as a founding advisory board member of the UC Health Timothy Freeman Center for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The Freeman Center is dedicated to providing an integrated health care model tailored to the special needs of the IDD population while also being a leader in training and research. Mark has owned and bred several Thoroughbreds in partnership with Steve Cauthen. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he met his wife, Lori. They reside in Edgewood, KY and are the parents of five children and grandparents of eight.

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