Archive for November, 2013

Indiana State graduate named crew chief for Tony Stewart

November 26th, 2013

Article credit to Indiana Motorsports Association:

Chad Johnston has signed on as the new crew chief for Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team. He’ll begin his new position in December.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be put with someone like Tony Stewart who is a proven winner, a proven champion,” Johnston said. “Obviously, the expectations are high so I’m looking forward to prove what I can do and prove that I deserve this position.”

The second-generation racer most recently worked for Michael Waltrip Racing as Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief. Following a stint with Evernham Motorsports, he joined MWR in 2009 and became Pat Tryson’s engineer the following season. At the June Pocono race, Johnston was promoted to crew chief. In their first full season together, Truex and the No. 56 team qualified for the Chase. This season, Johnston guided the team back to Victory Lane with the win at Sonoma.

After graduating from Indiana State with a degree in mechanical engineering, the 33-year-old Cayuga, Ind., native worked in the aerospace industry before his passion for racing carried him to NASCAR and the Camping World Truck Series in 2004. That’s where he first had the opportunity to work with Stewart.

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Despite Stewart’s returning in February from six months on the sideline after breaking his tibia and fibula Aug. 5 in a Sprint Car race at Southern Iowa Speedway, Johnston believes the 42-year-old three-time champion will be back to winning form.

“It’s like riding a bike,” Johnston said. “Tony Stewart will drive the wheels off anything – doesn’t matter what it is, doesn’t matter if he drives it once or drives it 100 times. I think everybody’s expectations will be to win races and to finish up front every week and make a run at the Chase next year.”

Johnston replaces Steve Addington on the No. 14 Chevy; Addington had been the crew chief for the past two seasons. Addington is expected to go to Phoenix Racing as crew chief in 2014.

Johnston joins fellow SHR newcomer Rodney Childers, who worked with Johnston at MWR and Evernham prior to accepting the crew chief position on the No. 4 Chevy with Kevin Harvick.

“It will be a big advantage to have Rodney start early and get his feet underneath him,” Johnston said. “I think that will help my learning curve. We know how each other works. They’ve got a lot of strong people in key positions over there that I think will help me get up to speed quicker. It’s just a matter of learning the people and the processes.

“I’ve not had a lot of experience with a lot of drivers. As a crew chief, I’ve only worked with Martin. So that will be different. It took a little time to know my job and to know Martin, so to learn someone else and to learn the lingo – when he talks about the car and what it needs – I hope to get up to speed really quick.”

SHR also announced several other changes. Daniel Knost will be the crew chief for the No. 41 car of Kurt Busch, who was added as the team’s fourth driver for 2014. Rodney Childers will be the crew chief for the No. 4 car of Kevin Harvick. Matt Borland will transition from crew chief to vice president of engineering, while Greg Zipadelli will manage all four Sprint Cup teams as SHR’s vice president of competition.

Racing Job: Consumer Marketing Coordinator – Michigan International Speedway

November 18th, 2013
From our friends at comes this great corporate communications opening – a racing job that doesn’t come up as often as you’d think. The link is at the bottom if you’d like to apply.
Consumer Marketing Coordinator – Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, MI)

The CONSUMER MARKETING COORDINATOR provides support to the Communications Department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as necessary:
1. Assist and provide support to the entire Communications Department.
2. Serve as Gatekeeper for the Communications Department budget on WebNow.
3. Responsible for INSIDE TRACK, the official campground newsletter.
4. Responsible for content for DISCOVER MIS, the official app.
5. Assist with MIS website, using Site Core.
6. Responsible for MIS text messaging program.
7. Assist coordination of on-site race-day promotions and winners.
8. Assist coordination of race-day pre-race ceremonies, driver appearances, victory lane ceremonies.
9. Provide support for MIS On the Road events; i.e. RV shows, camping shows, sports show, etc.
10. Coordinate Sprint Vision PA announcements and coverage.
11. Organize parade laps and provide narrative.
12. Work with Corporate Partnerships Department to secure PA’s, set schedule for announcers and provide all material
13. Develop and coordinate value-added special events such as NASCAR Victory Tour, driver appearances
14. Assist with all special activities and projects.
15. Assist with all social media efforts related to MIS
16. Assist the Senior Director and staff with special events for MIS
17. Assist the department with staffing for all events that take place at MIS during event and non-event days, as well as MIS events off property.
18. Other duties assigned by Senior Director of Communications

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required including proficiency in all forms of social media – Facebook, Twitter, and others, as well as basic computer software such as Microsoft Word and other. Other skills in PhotoShop, Adobe, Final Cut are beneficial.

College degree, and at least three years related experience and/or training.

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but increases during track events.

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Racing Job: Consumer Marketing Coordinator – Richmond International Raceway

November 7th, 2013
Another great racing job opportunity from TeamworkOnline. Head on over to their website to apply for this and other jobs.
Consumer Marketing Coordinator – Richmond International Raceway (Richmond, VA)


Richmond International Raceway hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually and is searching for an outstanding team player to join our organization. This position is an integral piece of our overall marketing plan and is involved in many different facets of retaining and recruiting NASCAR fans. This position focuses heavily on ticket sales, strategy and trends, as well as direct marketing to existing and prospective fans.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Responsible for implementation and analysis of the direct marketing plan, including but not limited to email marketing (segment and content building), direct mail pieces, call campaign scripts and messaging, ticket renewals, and Contact Center messaging
  • Develop strategies to drive consumer ticket sales, including recruiting new fan segments and creating and promoting ticket packages
  • Oversee all promotions with media partners of RIR, including negotiating added promotional value with existing media partners, evaluating new promotional proposals, and tracking and shipping of all promotional inventory.
  • Ensure that the prospect collection and conversion goals are met with the intention of converting sales. Conduct all sweepstakes and develop new strategies for data collection.
  • Collaborate with the Consumer Marketing team to develop added value programming to the event as well as a “Fan 101” platform to engage and educate fans on-site during race weekend.
  • Assist in developing a Loyalty Program that recognizes and rewards engaged fans
  • Represent RIR at outbound events in the community, promoting awareness and ticket sales
  • Assist in ticket fulfillment and mailing
  • Interact with customers by responding to fan feedback post-event
  • Other duties as assigned by Consumer Marketing Manager

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Sports Management or related field
  • Ability to think creatively and offer a unique and fresh perspective to industry challenges
  • Basic Creative/Design skills (knowledge of Photoshop a plus, but not required)
  • Promotional Experience
  • Must be detail- and deadline-oriented.
  • Must possess strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team. Take ownership of projects from start to finish, including obtaining approvals from Senior Management, and collaborate within the Consumer Marketing department and with other departments as needed.
  • Must be a team player, self-starter and professional
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as required

Richmond International Raceway offers a competitive salary and benefits package. If you wish to be a part of this exciting, fast paced organization and you meet the requirements listed above, please reply with a resume, cover letter and salary requirements. NO PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS PLEASE.


Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Please indicate salary requirements



Jeff Krosnoff Motorsports Scholarship Fund

November 4th, 2013

We love to share scholarships that are of interest to or apply to the motorsports community, and this is a great motorsports scholarship in memory of racer Jeff Krosnoff that we’d like motorsports students to be aware of. All information has be obtained through the Jeff Krosnoff Scholarship Fund website.

The scholarship will award $10,000, payable to the college or university the winner will attend.

Racing was a dream come true for Jeff, and the organizers and sponsors of the scholarship hope that the money awarded will help the recipient in reaching his or her own dreams. The scholarship will not only help Jeff’s legacy live on, but also help in creating a better future for deserving young adults.

Qualifications: Four-year college bound California high school seniors with excellent academic credentials who have demonstrated a breadth of interests, a driving desire to succeed in their chosen endeavors, outstanding community citizenship and the ability to share their experiences through the written word.

Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average in grades 9-12 of at least 3.0.

And complete the application and essay. Don’t write what you think we want to hear.. We’ll know. Be honest and forthcoming.

Each application MUST do the following:

-Complete Student Application Form. (Found on the website.)

-Enclose a copy of your high school transcripts. These transcripts can be unofficial.

-One copy of the essay, which should be 2-4 type printed pages in length, double spaced. Do not hand write your essay.

-Staple your application form, transcripts and other information to your original type printed essay.

-Include only contact information of your references on the application. There is no need to send Letters of References. We will contact your references.

-Send materials postmarked on or before the deadline of January 8, 2014.

-In the case of a close decision there may be a short phone interview.

Racing Job Opportunity: Manager, Partnership Marketing – NASCAR (New York, NY)

November 3rd, 2013

From our friends at a new racing job opportunity at NASCAR. I love seeing new motorsports marketing job opportunities because it tells me that our sport is continuing to grow.

Manager, Partnership Marketing – NASCAR (New York, NY)


We are looking for a Manager, Partnership Marketing to join our team in NASCAR’s New York City office. This individual will support Partnership Marketing account team in managing Official Partner business, inclusive of – contract fulfillment, research, creative review& approval, strategic sales support, etc.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Strategically support the Partnership Marketing account team on maintaining and growing partner activation in NASCAR
• Work across business units to maximize and execute partner integration into NASCAR programs
• Support in day-to-day management of NASCAR creative approval process. Includes providing relevant content and insights to business unites on partner activation trends.
• Assist on execution and content production for key NASCAR yearly business meetings including B2B Platforms, Partner planning meetings, etc.
• Create & distribute NASCAR marketing & sponsorship activation reports to key department and partners to further promote best practices.

Required skills/experience:
• B. A. from four-year College or university; 7 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• 45 % travel required including weekends.

The ideal candidate is a creative, conceptual and strategic thinker with excellent attention to detail; must have the ability to establish and maintain relationships, and demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.

Apply online at


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