Darlington Gets New President
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 22, 2013 | 3:19 P.M. EST
Darlington Raceway, which has hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races since 1950, will have a new President with Motor Racing Network's Chip Wile taking over. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chip Wile will be the new president of Darlington Raceway effective immediately, International Speedway Corporation announced Thursday.
Wile transitions from his role as director of business development at Motor Racing Network, a position he’s held since 2012. At Darlington, Wile replaces Chris Browning, who had overseen the track since 2004. Browning resigned to pursue other career opportunities.
Wile’s hire marks the first time a Motor Racing Network employee has been hired to oversee a track owned by ISC, parent company of Motor Racing Network.
"It makes me proud of the people we have here," Motor Racing Network President David Hyatt said. "It shows they are being recognized and we do a great job for the company as a whole."
Wile’s responsibilities at Motor Racing Network included developing and overseeing new business opportunities, serving as the network’s primary liaison to ISC’s sponsors and integrated media sales, directing MRN’s overall marketing and promotional efforts, and managing its annual budget.
"We are excited to announce Chip Wile as president of Darlington Raceway," said ISC President John Saunders in a statement. "He is a respected and seasoned motor sports executive, and is well-prepared to accept the leadership position at Darlington Raceway. We were fortunate to have such a high-caliber individual to transition into a strategic position within our organization. We congratulate Chip on his new position and look forward to his continued success within our organization.
"I would also like to thank Chris for his many years of service at Darlington. We wish him much success in his future endeavors."
Wile says he is looking to learn from those at the track in his new position. Darlington Raceway has hosted at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race since 1950. The track annually hosts a NASCAR Nationwide race and the Southern 500 on Mother’s Day Weekend.
"There are a lot of talented people down there," Wile said. "So I think short order is get there and understand who’s there, and how I can help benefit them and, really, me learn from them."
Among the most famous track presidents of Darlington was the late Jim Hunter. Wile says Hunter's impact remains today.
"When I was early on in my career, I’d go to Jim and ask him for advice, knowing that he would give you sound advice," Wile said. "I really appreciated the things Jim has done, not only for me but for our sport.
"If I can do half the job that Jim Hunter did, then I would feel like I would be successful."