5 Questions with Senior Account Supervisor, Annette Randall
What does your current job responsibilities include?
“I handle media relations for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing team and travel along on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. My job involves everything from pitching stories and managing Danica’s weekend schedule to writing press releases, running press conferences and more.”
How did you get started in the racing industry?
“I grew up going to races with my dad. My earliest memories involve being at short tracks along the east coast with him. I knew when I went off to college that I somehow wanted to be involved in the racing industry. When I was offered an internship at Charlotte Motor Speedway the summer after my junior year, I jumped at the opportunity. From there I built relationships that led to other internships and eventually my first job in the sport after I graduated.”
Who are some of the clients you have worked with?
“My first official job was handling PR duties for NASCAR Busch Series driver Brent Sherman and his sponsor Serta. Since then I’ve worked on programs for Dodge, Evernham Motorsports, the U.S. Navy, JR Motorsports, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Budweiser, GoDaddy, Aspen Dental and TaxAct.”
What piece of advice would you offer to someone starting in the sport?
“Work hard and get to know as many people as you can. This industry is built on relationships, and a reputation for being a hard worker will get you far.”
What is one of the best things you have been able to do working in the sport?
“I’d say one of the coolest experiences I’ve had would have to be getting to spend the night on a submarine while I worked on the U.S. Navy’s motorsports program at JR Motorsports. We went out on the USS Texas (SSN-775), which is a Virginia-class, nuclear-powered submarine. It was definitely a trip I will never forget.”