Former Indianapolis Metropolitan Deputy Police Chief Michael G. Bates has been named as Hulman Motorsports new senior director of safety and security. In his new role Bates will be responsible for developing, refining, implementing and co-coordinating public safety and security protocols for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Bates has been Deputy Police chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan force since 2010 being responsible for over 250 officers and 20 homeland security agents. Speaking about the new appointment Hulman and Company CEO Mark Miles commented by saying:
Keeping everyone safe and ensuring a worry-free trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and all Verizon IndyCar Series venues will always be mission critical, Mike has been an outstanding leader of safety and security efforts for every major event Indianapolis has thrown in recent years, including the Super Bowl. He knows what it takes to develop and execute a world-class public safety plan at high-profile venues and he is the right individual to take on this responsibility for us.
Speaking following his appointment, Bates commented by saying:
I’m honored to join the team at Hulman Motorsports and work on behalf of racing fans from across the country and globe who see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other INDYCAR venues as second homes, No one hosts major sporting events better than the city of Indianapolis and I’m proud to say our safety and security planning is a major contributor to our stellar reputation. I plan to take the lessons I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve built throughout my public safety career and put them to good use in this new role.
Bates will commence his new role with Hulman Motorsports on January 14.