After more than 14 years in various management positions within the company, Speedway MotorsportsRace Development Director Don Hawk is stepping down to open his personal sports management business.
“You could tell I just entered the transfer portal,” Hawk said with a chuckle. “The last 14 years with Speedway Motorsports have been some of the best years of my life. I have a lot of passion and energy, and I want to use the fuel that is left in my tank to check some things on my professional and personal bucket lists.
Hawk joined Speedway Motorsports in 2007 and was appointed Vice President of Corporate Business in 2012. He was promoted to his current role of Director of Race Development in 2018. Hawk received the prestigious O. Bruton award. Smith of Speedway Motorsports, the best person in the business. honor, in 2012.
“I will forever cherish the relationship I have with Bruton, Marcus and the Speedway Motorsports team,” added Hawk. “And I am always grateful for the opportunities I have had to work alongside them to develop the entire motorsport industry.”
Hawk began his career in motorsport over three decades ago. He was appointed director of Alan Kulwicki Racing 1992 and was president of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. from 1993 to 2000. From 2000 to 2006, Hawk founded and was president of Hawk Sports Management, working as a NASCAR consultant and regional director from NASCAR. development of the race before joining Speedway Motorsports.
“Don is widely respected in the motorsport industry as a passionate leader, promoter and creator of strong relationships,” said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “He was also a trusted friend to my father and my family. I know he will continue in this role as we wish him the best of luck for his next chapter in life.
“Don Hawk has made a huge contribution to our business success and I consider him a close personal friend,” said Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of Speedway Motorsports. “I am grateful for his dedication to our company and look forward to continuing our collaborations with Hawk as we move the sport forward into 2022 and beyond.”