Bill York

Media Center Liaison at IMS Media Center

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Last Updated 11/8/2011

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Employment History

Manager  - IMS Media Center

Manager  - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation

Manager  - Ron Green and Media Center

Similar Position  - Indianapolis Colts

Position, Media Rooms  - Indianapolis Colts

Spokesman  - Indy Racing League

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INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 - Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center official Bill York was announced as the winner of the 2011 Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations.
The Chapman Award is considered by many in the industry as the highest honor in racing public relations. It is named in memory of Chapman, the legendary PR executive and innovator, who worked with Babe Ruth and was named Indy Car racing's "most influential man" of the 1980s. Chapman died in 1996 at age 80. "I admired everything that Jim Chapman stood for and tried to emulate all of his skills," York said. "He was the real, true professional PR man. I'm elated that I even had the opportunity to know him and to work with him for many years. The things that I learned by watching Jim through the years certainly influenced how I worked with the media." York has been a fixture at the Speedway, especially with journalists in the media center, for more than 50 years. He began working in the Indianapolis 500 press room in 1958, fulfilling many roles, including gathering statistics and managing the media center through 2008. He continued to serve as an IMS media center liaison in 2010 and 2011. York also was instrumental in creating the Stark & Wetzel Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award. A longtime friend to journalists around the world, York has earned many other auto racing awards, including the 2010 Bob Russo Founders Award for lifelong contributions to the sport and the STP Unsung Hero Award. York also has worked in the media rooms for the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, with the Pacers' media room in Conseco Fieldhouse named in his honor. "Bill York is more than one of Jim's countless friends and admirers. Bill's professionalism is in the example and spirit of Jim Chapman's. "Over many decades, Bill has shown he understands the value of actually talking to people and getting to know them, and that having those professional relationships best serve clients in good times - and bad." York will receive the 2011 Jim Chapman Award on Jan. 8, 2012, at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America team dinner in Indianapolis.

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"Roger was very meticulous, very thorough," said Bill York, IMS Media Center manager who worked with Deppe in the Media Center since 1964.
When the Indianapolis Ice were formed to play in the Central Hockey League, York was called in to set up a statistical department. He called on Deppe. "He was the only one that knew anything about hockey," York said. York was called upon again to assemble a press crew.

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Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center Manager Bill York received the Bob Russo Founders Award for dedication to auto racing Saturday at the annual American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association breakfast at IMS.
York began working in the Speedway press room in 1958, filling many roles through 2008. He also was instrumental in creating the Stark & Wetzel Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award.

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