NASCAR has announced the promotion of three of its female employees - Karen Leetzow, Paula Miller and Susan Schandel - to vice-president positions.

Leetzow has been named vice-president/deputy general counsel, while Miller has been given the role of vice-president of human resources and organisational development, and Schandel that of vice-president/chief accounting officer. All three promotions are effective immediately.

"These are well-deserved appointments," chairman and CEO Brian France explained, "I'm proud of the expertise and talent we have throughout NASCAR. These appointments further strengthen our leadership team."

Leetzow, previously assistant general counsel for the stock car sanctioning body, has worked for NASCAR since 1999. She is a graduate of The American University, Washington College of Law.

Miller joined NASCAR in October, having previously worked as managing director of corporate and human services for International Speedway Corporation. Prior to that she worked for 13 years with General Electric in human resources. She is a graduate of Ohio and Purdue universities.

Schandel came to NASCAR in February - being named chief accounting officer - after 15 years at International Speedway Corporation, where she rose to senior vice president. Prior to joining ISC she worked for Ernst & Young. Schandel is a graduate of Penn State University.