Latasha Causey will become the first female African American track president in NASCAR history when she takes over that position later this month at Phoenix Raceway.
Causey, who grew up in the West Valley and now lives in Phoenix, is the second woman to be president of Phoenix Raceway, track officials said.
“Latasha’s track record speaks for itself as a highly experienced executive that prioritizes relationships and giving back to the community – also core values of ours at NASCAR,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR senior vice president and chief track properties officer.
“NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway take pride in making a positive impact on the community through creating a best-in-class experience for fans when they visit the track, as well as through actively giving back and playing a significant role as a community partner. Because of these ideals, Latasha is the perfect fit to lead Phoenix Raceway into 2023 and beyond.”
Causey served as vice president and community development officer for Bell Bank in Arizona in her most recent job where she worked with business leaders and community organizations across the state “to guide Bell’s efforts in helping minority-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, underserved populations and neighborhoods,” a release stated.
Prior to Bell Bank, she held various leadership roles for more than a decade at USAA’s North Phoenix campus where she was responsible for leading the local USAA Foundation and employee volunteerism in the Phoenix community. She was also a part of the human resources talent acquisition team across all USAA locations.
“I have been fortunate to call The Valley ‘home’ my entire life, and I could not be more grateful to become the next leader of Phoenix Raceway,” Causey said.
“NASCAR is a sport that brings people together, and as a result, Phoenix Raceway plays a key role in showcasing our great community to visitors across the country every year. I cannot wait to help build upon the great work that’s already been done in making this facility one of the true gems in sports and entertainment.”
Causey, who grew up in the West Valley, is a founding member of the NASCAR Accelerators host committee established in 2020. The committee is made up of community and business leaders who serve as “Arizona’s ambassadors for NASCAR,” the release stated.
Causey graduated from Arizona State University, where she is now a member of the ASU Alumni Board of Directors. She also serves as board chair for the Phoenix Workforce Commission and is on the board of the Valley of the Sun United Way.
Causey lives in Phoenix with her husband, Sullivan, and two boys. She will assume her new role on Monday, Nov. 28.