DAVIE, Fla. – (Jan. 28, 2010) – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation announced today the appointment of renowned motorsports veteran Curtis Gray as the organization’s Executive Director. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a Davie, Fla.-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established by former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) champion Darrell Gwynn to support individuals with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses.
A South Florida native, Gray most recently was President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, a position he had held since 1999. There, he helped create Ford Championship Weekend, the championship-crowning races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series.
Gray began his motorsports career in 1983, serving from 1993 to 1999 as Director of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for R.J. Reynolds. In this position, he oversaw NASCAR’s remarkable growth, introduced it to a national audience and directed its expansion into less-traditional motorsports regions such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas.
Gwynn and Gray have been friends and business associates for more than 25 years. In his role at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gray assisted the Foundation in establishing the Hot Rod & Reels™ NASCAR Drivers Charity Fishing Tournament, a major fundraiser held each November at the track. Gray also supported various Foundation activities related to Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week.
“I’ve admired Curtis for quite some time and am thrilled he will be joining our team,” Gwynn said. “He’s one of motorsports’ most respected authorities, and I am certain his leadership and success in areas such as corporate sponsorship, sports marketing and business development will help The Foundation reach new heights.”
Gray is a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which inducted him in 2008 to the Miami Sports Hall of Champions. He also is on the Homestead Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and was named Citizen of the Year by the Civitan Club.