David Hyatt Named President of Iowa Speedway
Motorsport industry veteran brings wealth of experience to role
NEWTON, Iowa (Feb. 8, 2018) – As the next step towards the future under NASCAR ownership, Iowa Speedway announced today that long-time broadcast and motorsports industry executive David Hyatt has been selected as its new track president. Hyatt will replace current Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small who will transition out over the next several weeks.
Hyatt joins the Speedway after nearly 30 years in the NASCAR industry where he launched the original NASCAR.com and most recently served The Motor Racing Network (MRN) as president and executive producer. In that role, Hyatt developed, oversaw and executed the network’s operational budget, business plan and growth strategy.
“I am honored to join the Iowa Speedway team and build upon the momentum this talented group of people have established,” Hyatt said. “There is a great passion for motorsports in Iowa and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”
Hyatt is a War, West Virginia native and graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Marketing with an emphasis on Broadcast Performance and Management. Hyatt and his family will be relocating to central Iowa and look forward to being an active part of the community.
Small has accepted a new position at NASCAR as Senior Director, International Business Development, taking a leadership role developing international strategy out of NASCAR’s Los Angeles office. Small has been with NASCAR for nearly 10 years and was the youngest president of a major racing facility in the United States. He will contribute to our sport’s efforts in developing existing and new commercial and racing opportunities for our industry abroad.
“David’s unique skill set and his impressive career at MRN make him the perfect choice as my successor,” stated Small. “He is a seasoned NASCAR executive with an impeccable reputation in the industry and is well positioned to lead Iowa Speedway into the future.”
During Small’s tenure, the track annually hosted a pair of NASCAR weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series and ARCA — and nonracing events such as Metallica’s WorldWired Tour and the NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series.
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2018 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 16-17 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 7-8 (ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 27-28 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.