A change in leadership has taken place at a major auto racing facility. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has resigned his position to pursue other opportunities effective immediately. The other opportunities will see Brandon moving to Daytona Beach, Florida will he will become the Managing Director of Event Marketing and Promotion for NASCAR. Long time friend Nick Igdalsky has been elevated to Chief Executive Officer and Ben May was promoted to President, Pocono Raceway Chairman of the Board Looie Mattioli announced last week.
“This is a great opportunity for Brandon and we are going to miss him,” said Mattioli. “And we are excited for Nick and Ben. We have a tremendous team here at Pocono Raceway and we look forward to a seamless transition.”
Quite frankly the change caught me and many others by surprise as many felt that Brandon would be a lifer in the leadership position at Pocono.
Nick Igdalsky, an accomplished race car driver with experience at several levels, held the role of Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President for the past 10 years while also overseeing South Boston Speedway. He is the third CEO in Pocono Raceway history.
“I am very grateful and excited,” said Nick Igdalsky. “I have observed every aspect of the operation here at Pocono Raceway, starting as a 13 year old, and look forward to working with our incredible team. Our goals remain the same: to create exciting and lifelong experiences at a beautiful and sustainable facility and that will remain our focus.”
At South Boston, Nick Igdalsky helped turn the facility into one of the nation’s premier short tracks. He played a large role in the design and implementation of South Boston’s recently completed million-dollar renovation.
Behind the wheel, Nick raced in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, SCCA Pro Racing, ARCA Racing Series and IMSA, providing unique access and experiences that he brings to his new role.
Having worked with Nick and car owner Andy Belmont when they were running some ARCA events I got to know him fairly well. Unfortunately his auto racing career ended up taking a back seat to his Pocono and South Boston efforts. I think he could have had a good career as a racer.
He took the lead in Pocono Raceway’s facility designs and changes and championed the upgrades of its expansive road course complex which now includes 22 courses. Rental capacity has increased more than one-third and there is now a waiting list for dates on the road courses.
Nick Igdalsky, a graduate of Elon University, also serves as the Executive Director of the Mattioli Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pocono Raceway. He and his wife Brandy are the parents of two daughters, Payton and Kennedy.
May, a native of Greenville, N.C., has served as Chief Marketing Officer since 2014 and was elevated to President in this his 17th year working at Pocono Raceway. May began his career at Pocono Raceway with Mountain Concessions before adding more responsibilities as the Director of Trackside Sales in 2001. He was promoted to CMO three years ago where he oversaw partnership sales, marketing, communications, ticketing, military affairs, credentials and the fan experience.
Brandon Igdalsky was just the third president in Pocono Raceway history. He began working at the race track when he was 13 years old and performed nearly every job imaginable at the raceway that was founded by his grandparents, Dr. Joseph and Dr. Rose Mattioli.
Igdalsky was named president of Pocono Raceway in 2007 and four years later added Chief Executive Officer Duties.
Under Igdalsky’s leadership, Pocono Raceway remained and grew as one of Pennsylvania’s leading tourist attractions. A 2013 economic impact study conducted by East Stroudsburg University revealed the raceway’s impact on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be $257,000,000.
Taking the kids to the races at Pocono? Pocono Raceway will host its 10th annual Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Kid’s Day during the Overton’s 400 race weekend, July 28-30.
Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge Friday and Saturday with a paying adult and select grandstand seats are half-price for those 12 and under on Sunday.
A host of kid-friendly and fan-focused activities are planned for the weekend as the Kids Drive NASCAR campaign gets underway.
A number of free activities, including face painting, bounce houses, clowns, photo booths, education and community activities are planned. The Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Zone and Tricky’s Kit Kamp will be active as well.
Members of the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Kid’s Club will be notified via email of opportunities for children to participate in. To join the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Club, please click here. http://www.poconoraceway.com/kids-club-2014.html
Among the events scheduled are:
· NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph session on Friday at 10 a.m. in Fan Fair.
· Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Youth Autograph session on Saturday, July 29 at 10:20 a.m. on the back porch of Victory Lane. Wristband distribution will begin, at the same location as the autograph session, at 8:30 a.m. and a Pit/Paddock pass is required.
· Youth Garage Tours on Sunday, July 30.
· Kids Red Carpet prior to the Monster Energy Series NASCAR Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief meeting
Kids Drive NASCAR is an industry platform that introduces young fans to NASCAR and engages them through the sport’s unique attributes and personalities. The three-week activation kicks off July 24 and provides fun at-track activities, events, and an expanded Kids’ Takeover.
Last year, Kids Drive NASCAR introduced the Acceleration Nation app as a fun and easy way for kids to learn about drivers, play games and stay up to date on the latest news. The app is available as a free download in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store.
Pocono Raceway will host four additional national motorsports events during the 2017 racing season. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 will be run Sunday, July 30. The Monster Energy NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 150 is July 29. The ARCA racing series presented by Menard’s ModSpace 150 is scheduled for July 28. The Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 returns on August 20.