UPDATE: A memorial service celebrating the life of Robin D. Braig, age 64, of Daytona Beach, Florida, formerly of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service with Dr. Jim Schnell officiating.
Robin passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born October 30, 1956 in Newark, Ohio to the late James Frederick and Donna (Fisher) Braig.
Robin was the former Daytona International Speedway track president. He served as president from 2002 to 2010. Robin’s fun and engaging personality made him a fan favorite. During his time at Daytona, Robin oversaw a $50 million renovation project of the infield with a new garage and fan zone and added a new tunnel underneath Turn 1. In addition, he held the honor of hosting a US presidential visit at the 2004 Daytona 500 and four years later Robin led the promotion of the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500.
Robin joined International Speedway Corporation, (ISC) as the vice president and general manager of Phoenix Raceway from 1999-2002. Before joining ISC, Robin previously worked for Anheuser-Busch, where he started in 1983, and was the director of sports marketing, which required him to be responsible for the control and direction of all sports marketing activities.
Though his career at Anheuser-Busch, Robin worked to creatively direct all sports projects (international and domestic) including Summer and Winter Olympics, World Cup Soccer, MLS Soccer, USA Volleyball and COPA America. Robin spent four seasons in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors handling the team’s promotions before joining Anheuser-Busch.
Robin had a passion for sports marketing and began his career in the industry with an internship with the Vero Beach Dodgers minor league baseball team, which led to his first job with the club. He was a jack-of-all trades with the Dodgers performing a plethora of roles from selling tickets, program advertisements, promotions and even making the cotton candy and hot dogs.
Robin earned a M.S. in sports administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1980 and was later named the 1990 Distinguished Alumnus of the Sports Administration Program. He received a B.A. in radio, television and journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio where he played on the college basketball team. He is a graduate of Lakewood High School, class of 1975.
Most recently, Robin Shifted his focus to his other passion in life – boating. For the past several years, he had served as the harbormaster at the Coquina Marina located off the Halifax River in Daytona Beach.
Robin was an authentic person who had a one-of-a-kind personality who loved life and loved being surrounded by his friends and family. He was a man full of energy and had a strong love for water sports that began in his beloved hometown of Buckeye Lake. Robin was always looking for that next opportunity to drop his anchor in the water.
He is survived by sister, J-me D. Braig-Bogden and her husband, Emil of Hebron; two nieces, McKenzee (Alex) Williams and Savanna (Graham) Holmberg; as well as five grand nieces and nephews; and his dog and “first mate” Schrader, who was always at his side.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beth Braig; and nephew, Storme Wilson.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath, Ohio. A private family burial will take place at Mifflin Cemetery, in Gahanna, Ohio.
The service held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, will be livestreamed by visiting the funeral home’s Facebook page.
Memorial contributions may be made to Construction Assured & Motivated People, C.A.M.P. at P.O. Box 307371 Gahanna, OH 43230 or the Buckeye Lake Museum, P.O. Box 1, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
ORIGINAL POST 2-23-2021: Former Daytona International Speedway track president Robin Braig passed away last week. He was 64.
The cause of death is unknown.
Braig served as track president from 2002 to 2010 before being replaced by Joie Chitwood III. During his time at Daytona, Braig oversaw a $50 million renovation project of the infield with a new garage and fan zone and added a new tunnel underneath Turn 1.
— Racer —