Ed Duffy, chief operating officer for the National Jockey Club, has decided to relinquish the day-to-day control of operations at Sportsman's Park/Chicago Motor Speedway in order to concentrate on and devote more time to other aspects of the multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility.Charles W. Bidwill, III, president of the National Jockey Club, will resume control of the day-to-day operation of the facility as chief executive officer, a position he held prior to Duffy's arrival at Sportsman's Park in 1993. "This move has been in the planning stages for the past year and a half, but Charlie and I agreed that we needed to get through this last year, which was very important to our facility, before any decision was made," Duffy said. "I will remain active with the National Jockey Club while having more time to focus on the things I enjoy."
Duffy's extensive public service background, coupled with his leadership in bringing diversity to Sportsman's Park and his commitment to the facility's year-round presence in the Chicago-area, was a motivating force in the dawn of a bold new era in the 68-year history of the National Jockey Club."I welcome the opportunity to return to the day-to-day operation of the track while at the same time 'freeing up' Ed to focus on other matters," Bidwill said.