Two weeks after being purchased by NASCAR, the Iowa Speedway has a new president. Jimmy Small was introduced as the president of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Thursday.
“I’m honored to be presented with this opportunity to help guide Iowa Speedway in the next chapter of its life,” Small said. “We will continue fanning the intense passion for motorsports that is prevalent here, and do our best to showcase Iowa Speedway’s fast, exciting short-track racing in creative, fan-friendly ways.”
The 28 year-old has worked for NASCAR for six years, most recently as a business and marketing liaison.
The track will host three race weekends in 2014. The Speedway’s season opens May 17-18, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East versus West Challenge on Saturday night followed by a 250-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Sunday. The weekend of July 11-12, Iowa Speedway will host a Friday night NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event 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 NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday night.
Eric Nyquist, NASCAR VP for Strategic Development, said that he thinks Small is the right person for the job.
“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 said. “In addition, he will have a great support structure at the Speedway and NASCAR.”