SOPHIA, N.C. – Prestoria Racing Association Tours officials have announced a new leadership hierarchy with an eye towards the start of the racing season.
Effective immediately, Renee Hackett will be leaving Prestoria Motorsports and the PRA Tours to devote more time to her burgeoning real estate business. Motorsports veteran Randy Myers will continue with the PRA Tours as competition director and will assume control of day-to-day operations.
In addition, veteran short track announcer Alan Dietz will serve as public relations director for the PRA Tours.
“We would like to thank Renee [Hackett] for her years of service and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” said PRA Tours President and Caraway Speedway owner Darren Hackett. “I have had to move quickly to hire a new team of leadership that can hit the ground running so that we can continue the things we have going at Prestoria Motorsports and the PRA Tours brand. It’s the first time in 43 years that the Hackett’s have looked outside the family for leadership and hopefully history will be kind to the decision. This is not the time to point fingers of blame, but to unite for the good of short track racing. I look forward to working with everyone to make August 1st a great event.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the season has been delayed, but that will soon end when the 55th anniversary season begins on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Caraway Speedway, with racing starting at 8 p.m.
The PRA 602 Tour Super Limited and 602 Tour Modifieds will be featured, along with Limited Late Model/Challengers, Mini Stocks and U-Cars.
PRA Tours is currently working with local health officials to allow limited fan attendance in the grandstands based on CDC social distancing guidelines. Trackside parking will also be available to allow fans to watch the events from the safety and comfort of their automobiles. Two open test dates will be available at Caraway Speedway on July 18 and July 25 from 4:30 p.m. until dark.
PRA Tour dates for super late models and tour-type modifieds, along with the other tour divisions that are currently scheduled, will continue as previously announced, with possible additional dates and more information coming soon.
The 18th Annual North-South Shootout is still planned for Nov. 5-7 at Hickory Motor Speedway and will again feature the tour-type modifieds, super late models, the 602 Tour and more.