May 18, 2002
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From a press release issued by Sears Point Raceway:<BR><BR>Brown, Long-Time Sears Point Employee, Dies in <BR>Motorcycle Accident in Southern California<BR><BR>SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Robert Brown, a long-time employee and close friend of Sears Point Raceway, was tragically killed on Sunday, May 12, in a motorcycle accident in Southern California. He was 40 years old.<BR><BR>Brown was employed at Sears Point Raceway for seven years (1993-2000), serving as Controller (1993-98) and Vice President of Operations (1998-2000). It was Brown who first fostered the idea for construction of the hillside terrace seats that now surround the Sears Point road course, based on a concept he'd observed during a vacation visit to an Italian racetrack. The hillside terraces are a signature element of the massive two-year renovation project at Sears Point Raceway. Brown departed Sears Point Raceway in December, 2000, to become president and owner of G&B Kawasaki/Yamaha in Petaluma, a motorcycle dealership.<BR><BR>Brown, a native of Wilmington, Del., was an avid motorcyclist and member of both the American Federation of Motorcyclists and the American Motorcyclist Association. He was also a member of the Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club, where he served as treasurer from 1999-2000. In addition, he was a residential real estate developer in San Francisco and involved in a variety of charitable projects, including The United Way and F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).<BR><BR>"Rob's passion and commitment helped define what Sears Point is today and what it is becoming. More importantly, he was a dear friend to those of us who knew and worked with him and we will miss him terribly," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sears Point Raceway.<BR><BR>Brown is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a master's degree in finance.<BR><BR>In addition to his wife, Mera Granberg Brown, other survivors include his father, John P. W. Brown III of Wilmington, Delaware; his mother, Mrs. Charles (Eleanor) Quarles of Hockessin, Delaware; one sister, Catherine B. Sloan of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; one brother, John P.W. Brown VI of Atlanta, Georgia; a nephew, James M. R. Sloan of Providence, Rhode Island; and one niece, Catherine E. R. Sloan of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.<BR><BR>A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 19, at First Unitarian Church, San Francisco. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert P. Brown Memorial Fund; a family charity designated to provide technically advanced safety equipment for Sears Point Raceway. Please direct donations to: Georgia Seipel, Sears Point Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma, California 95476.<BR><BR>