GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2003) -Ryan Ono has been named Sport Compact Sales Manager, NHRA officials announced. Ono, 32, has been with the NHRA since June 1997. He has worked in various capacities throughout his tenure, including positions in marketing and facility operation.
"Having worked in many different areas of the NHRA, Ryan brings a vast knowledge of sales and marketing experience to the table," said Bob Wagner, vice president of sales and business development. "He will make a fine addition to the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, which is quickly becoming a very attractive property for our business partners."
In his new role, Ono will be responsible for all sales initiatives regarding event title right sponsorship, official product status, and sponsorships for the series and the individual classes of competition.
"Being named Sports Compact Sales Manager is a great opportunity in one of the fastest-growing forms of motorsports around," said Ono. "The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series is three-years old and the potential for growth and promotion is limitless. I hope to use my experience from other related experiences at NHRA to maximize on the prospects that are available and demonstrate to future clients the benefits of being involved with the sport compact series."
Ono is a Southern California native and lives with his wife, Tina, and their two kids in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.