Jonathan Laun Retires from Road America’s Board Of Directors


ELKHART LAKE, Wis., – April 19, 2023 – Following the annual shareholder meeting at Road America on April 18, the Board of Directors presented former Chairman Jonathan Laun with an award in recognition of his official retirement from the company’s Board of Directors.

Laun is the longest-serving member of Road America’s Board of Directors, with 44 years of service. He was elected to the Board in 1978; during his time there, he held numerous offices, including Treasurer and Vice President. In 1990, he became Chairman of the Board. He held that position until 2018 while serving with distinction on all the Board’s standing committees throughout his service to America’s National Park of Speed.

“Since joining the Board, Jonathan has helped to grow Road America’s legacy and guide management through many chapters; his positive impact on the company will last far beyond his tenure,” said Ron Pace, Chairman of the Board of Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc. “On behalf of Road America and my fellow board members, we thank him for his many contributions to the company and wish him and his family the best in his retirement.”

Laun, an area businessman, has been involved with Road America for most of his life. He started by working summers for Road America founder Clif Tufte as a college student in the 1960s.

Under his stewardship, the track has seen many strategic changes in staff and massive infrastructure improvements, with many new buildings and features, including several track and safety improvements. The track’s profits have consistently been reinvested, and fans can see many visible major enhancements every year. As such, the track continues to prosper as America’s National Park of Speed.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the shareholders of Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc. for allowing me to serve,” said Laun. “I would also like to thank the members of the Board of Directors for their confidence and the entire Road America team for their tireless commitment towards establishing Road America in the hearts and minds of fans, enthusiasts, and racers alike as America’s National Park of Speed. My experience was gratifying and allowed me to see firsthand the numerous and tangible impacts of what this wonderful organization is capable of during my tenure. I wish continued success to the team, the board members, and Chairman of the Board, Ron Pace.”

“On behalf of the entire Road America staff, we want to extend our appreciation to Jonathan for his many years of guidance and direction,” said Mike Kertscher, President and General Manager of Road America. “Road America is a family, and we will continue to prosper as a family based on the vision, perspective, and work ethic that Jonathan has instilled in all of us.”


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