Veteran technical inspector Ricky Brooks will be leaving his position at New Smyrna Speedway effective immediately.
Brooks issued a statement to the short track industry via email on Tuesday morning:
“Due to current management and ownership status … Ricky Brooks, competition director/technical inspector must dissolve all affiliation with New Smyrna Speedway effective immediately.
“There has been an ongoing challenge with current management to keep things in perspective. I pride myself in always trying to do what is best for the racer whether it be in technical inspection or the manner in which they are treated at an event.
“I would like to apologize to Robert Hart, and all the drivers in advance, knowing that I will see you at other tracks in the near future. I will not be at any events associated with the current management of New Smyrna Speedway from this day forward.
“Please direct all further correspondence or questions to the management at New Smyrna Speedway regarding future events at the Speedway.”
Brooks has made a positive impact during his time at the Speedway, generating a level playing field and standardized expectations for teams during such prestigious events as the World Series of Asphalt, Red Eye 100, Hart Memorial and Florida Governor’s Cup.
The veteran technical director has said this doesn’t concern just one issue but is the result of several ongoing problems.
Brooks holds a similar position with Five Flags Speedway, Southwest Tour, Trans-Am Series, Canadian Short Track Nationals at Jukasa Motor Speedway and various other freelance agreements.