In auto racing, everyone is on a career fast-track. All kidding aside, there are numerous careers in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, some of which you may not have considered.
Sure, the sport always will need drivers and mechanics, but teams also need an extended support staff. The sanctioning body also has numerous positions. So if you love auto racing, you likely will be able to find a NASCAR job that matches your skills.Overview
NASCAR consists of three major national series: the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; four regional series, and one grassroots series, as well as two international series. NASCAR sanctions 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 states, Canada, and Mexico.
As the sanctioning body for stock car (and truck) racing in the United States, NASCAR boasts 17 of the top 20 highest-attended sporting events in the U.S., and strong television ratings.
Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C., Concord, N.C., Conover, N.C., Bentonville, Ark., Mexico City, and Toronto.NASCAR Positions
All of this means that NASCAR offers a multitude of job opportunities including management, marketing, media relations, public relations, sales, and other positions.
If you’re looking for a sports job that emphasizes a team approach, NASCAR could be a good fit. Just listen to NASCAR Chairman Brian France, who followed his grandfather and father into the family business.
“One of the things both my father and grandfather always imparted upon me is the idea that in NASCAR, everyone has something to contribute,” France said on the NASCAR website.Getting Started
NASCAR offers full-time and part-time internships for college students year-round. These opportunities allow students to work in a hands-on environment and gain real-world experience.
NASCAR has established the following eligibility criteria. Potential interns must:
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
- Have completed their sophomore year of college
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Be computer proficient in Microsoft Office applications
France notes that with 75 million fans, NASCAR is committed to diversity in its workforce. NASCAR promotes diversity through an internship program where candidates work with NASCAR’s sanctioning body, sponsors and licenses, teams and tracks, and other motorsports-related companies. For college and university students, the internship lasts 10 weeks in the summer.
Overall, 170 students have interned in the NASCAR industry through the Diversity Internship Program, many going on to full-time industry employment in the program's nine years. Instead, link the program name, Diversity Internship Program, to its site.Team Positions
Besides opportunities working for the sanctioning body, there are many jobs available with NASCAR teams. According to stockcarracing.com, there are three types of jobs available.
The first type of job would be working with the car: jobs like driver, crew chief, mechanic, and painter.
Teams also have business needs. They hire secretaries, travel coordinators, and bookkeepers. Basically, any type of position that would be available at a typical office.
There also are jobs that help keep a successful team up and running away from the track. These positions would be computer and data information, marketing, purchasing, and engineering.
Most NASCAR teams are based in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. This is true for all the various U.S.-based NASCAR circuits.
The NASCAR website offers a job board that lists opportunities at the association, racetracks, and with teams.