John Saunders serves as President of International Speedway Corporation (ISC). In his role, Saunders focuses on the Company’s strategic direction of long term goals including leadership in all marketing, sales, administration and operations of ISC’s 13 motorsports facilities in key markets across the U.S., as well as ancillary companies under the ISC banner; Americrown Service Corporation and Motor Racing Network (MRN).
Previously, Saunders served as Executive Vice President and the Company’s COO (2003-2009). In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, as well as overseeing several of the Company’s motorsports facilities and corporate administration. He also oversaw the integration of several of the Company’s acquisitions including the Penske Motorsports facilities in 1999.
Saunders served as ISC Vice President of Administrative Services (1998-1999) responsible for strategic planning, as well as the development and implementation of administrative services, including human resources and corporate communications at all ISC facilities.
Saunders served as President of ISC’s Watkins Glen International (WGI) in Watkins Glen, N.Y. from 1983-1997. He led the revival of the iconic facility from bankruptcy, developing it into a premier world class venue and he was instrumental in landing a Winston Cup date for the road course in 1986.
Saunders joined Corning Incorporated in 1980 as Manager of Merchandising and Food Services. In 1983 he was named President of the motorsports facility in Watkins Glen, which had been purchased by Corning Incorporated and ISC. ISC purchased Corning remaining interest in WGI in 1997.
Saunders continues to serve as Chairman and Director at WGI and holds several other executive positions within the Company.
In 1998, Saunders co-founded the International Motor Racing Research Library and was named vice chairman in 2002. He has held similar roles for numerous organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce (1996), and the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (1997). He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Grand American Road Racing and The United States Auto Club.