Iowa Speedway Names New President
By: NASCAR Wire Service on December 12, 2013 | 3:10 P.M. EST
Iowa Speedway has named Jimmy Small as its new track president. The appointment comes on the heels of NASCAR’s recent announcement that it had purchased the Newton oval. (Photo: Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Iowa Speedway has named Jimmy Small as its new track president. The appointment comes on the heels of NASCAR’s recent announcement that it had purchased the Newton oval.
"Jimmy’s dedication, energy and experience make him the ideal candidate for leading Iowa Speedway into this new era," said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president of strategic development. "He has a strong background in identifying and creating fan experience improvements, and defining best practices designed to help strengthen sponsor relations and ticket sales. He'll have a great support structure at the Speedway and NASCAR."
Small, 28, has spent six years with NASCAR in various business-building capacities. Most recently, he served as senior manager for team marketing services within the NASCAR Industry Services department out of the Charlotte, N.C., office. In that role, he was the business and marketing liaison among teams and drivers in all three national series.
When Small started in the sport in 2008, he worked out of NASCAR’s Daytona Beach headquarters coordinating event weekends with tracks, television partners and teams.
"I’m honored to be presented with this opportunity to help guide Iowa Speedway into its next chapter," Small said. "We'll continue fanning the passion for motor sports that is prevalent here and do our best to showcase Iowa Speedway’s fast, exciting short-track racing in creative, fan-friendly ways."
Small is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He was named to Sports Pro Magazine’s "The 10 NEXT Class of 2012," recognizing 10 sports executives under the age of 30.
Iowa Speedway's 2014 season will open May 17-18 with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Versus West Challenge on Saturday night followed by a 250-lap Nationwide Series race Sunday. The weekend of July 11-12, the track will host a Friday night Camping World Truck Series race and an IndyCar Series race on Saturday. A second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Versus West Challenge race is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1, followed by another 250-lap Nationwide Series event on Saturday night.