NASCAR promotes three to key director positions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2003) -- Steve O'Donnell has been named Director of Business Operations for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), one of three key promotions announced today by the sanctioning ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2003) -- Steve O'Donnell has been named Director of Business Operations for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), one of three key promotions announced today by the sanctioning body.

O'Donnell, 34, a NASCAR employee since 1996 and most recently NASCAR's Director of Series Marketing, now oversees competition administration, at-track operations and strategic planning issues such as scheduling and race purses. He lives in Lake Mary, Fla. and is a graduate of Rollins College.

In addition to O'Donnell, NASCAR also has promoted Joe Garone to Director of Officiating and Gary Smith to Director of Event Logistics.

All three report directly to NASCAR President Mike Helton and NASCAR Chief Operating Officer George Pyne.

Garone, 42, has worked at NASCAR since July 2001 and is the former Director of Research and Development. Prior to coming to NASCAR, Garone was a longtime NASCAR crew chief and team manager in a variety of series, including NASCAR Winston Cup. In his new position, Garone supports various Series Directors in recruiting, training and managing officials, and also is involved in budget management. Garone lives in Hickory, N.C.

Smith, 50, has been with NASCAR since 1991, most recently as Manager of Business Operations. Smith now oversees NASCAR's Medical Liaisons, security issues, NASCAR's transportation center in Conover, N.C. and assists the Competition Department during race weekends. Smith also is developing an advance track-preparation program for race weekends. Smith lives in Concord, N.C.

"These promotions reflect the type of talent we have working for NASCAR today," Helton said. "As our sport has grown, the challenges we face likewise have grown. It's a situation that demands excellence and that's what we have in our NASCAR offices."

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Series Automotive , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Gary Smith , Mike Helton