Michael Bates was named Senior Director of Safety and Security at Hulman Motorsports, the parent of IMS and the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In his former position, Bates headed the IMPD's Homeland Security Division and was involved in the safety and security planning for Super Bowl XLVI, several NCAA Final Fours, Big Ten Conference championships and NFL playoff games.

Bates will be responsible for "developing, refining and implementing IMS and INDYCAR safety and security plans," according to a news release. "At IMS, he will be responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of public safety and security, emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation plans, exercises, procedures and staff programs. At INDYCAR, he will be responsible for defining policies, procedures and best practices for public safety, security and emergency preparedness for the Verizon IndyCar Series races, then implementing and executing plans in cooperation with race promoters and track venues."