The general manager of Virginia International Raceway is changing careers. (?)
VIR sent out this press release on Saturday evening…
VIRginia International Raceway announced today that General Manager Josh Lief will leave full time employment as General Manager by the end of this season. Lief will remain with the company as a Senior Adviser for the foreseeable future and will work with the VIR ownership to find a replacement at the appropriate time.
Josh said: “I have had an amazing five seasons at VIR and am very thankful to Connie and Harvey for the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime gearhead’s dream.” Josh continued, “I love VIR and always will, and am so proud of our staff and how far we’ve come, and am thankful for the support of so many people over the past years and the friends I’ve made but it would not be possible to name them all. I will still be regularly coming to VIR to race, work and enjoy what Paul Newman appropriately called ‘Heaven on Earth.’ I miss my family and legal practice and an unexpected opportunity to practice law in public service in Richmond came around that was just too good to pass up.” Connie Nyholm and Harvey Siegel, VIR’s Owners said: “Josh did an amazing job for us for five seasons and will always be part of VIR and our family. We are very grateful for his dedication and hard work and look forward to continuing to work with him and wish him the best of luck always.”
Saturday afternoon on a holiday weekend is a weird time to put this announcement out. General manager at VIR seemed to be Josh’s dream job and he’s going back to practicing law? Something doesn’t smell quite right. We’ll see what more we can find out about this.
Editor’s Note: The comments on this post went too far.