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5 Questions with Senior Account Supervisor, Drew Brown

What does your current job responsibilities include?

Oversee the public relations effort for the No. 14 at Stewart Haas Racing. This includes everything from serving as the team’s contact with all media and NASCAR, writing all race previews and reports, and planning Tony’s schedule to carrying an umbrella and helping him through crowds. I joke that I use all my years of college to point out where the closest bathrooms are at race tracks.

How did you get started in the racing industry?

After working in newspapers in Indiana for eight years I began freelancing for National Speed Sport News in early 1990s covering open wheel racing. Those clips and blanketing the NASCAR world with resumes led to my hiring at an Atlanta public relations firm in 1995 performing the public relations duties for Michael Waltrip and Pennzoil at Bahari’ Racing.

Who are some of the clients you have worked with?

Drivers Michael Waltrip, Johnny Benson, Steve Park, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Adrian Fernandez, Richard Petty, AJ Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Mark Martin, David Ragan and Tony Stewart to name just a few. On the sponsor side just about everyone in the sport at some point.

What piece of advice would you offer to someone starting in the sport?

Learn the skills that set your resume apart from the 100 others that will come across a desk. For me, my background in the news media and writing opened a lot of doors. In the coming years I believe it will still be writing but if you have social media expertise or video expertise it will also make your resume attractive. Also, I think a good general knowledge of the news media is essential. Knowing what a reporter, blogger, television producer or radio commentator look for in composing a story is essential for the jobs we do.

What is one of the best things you have been able to do working in the sport?

I’ve been able to travel to places I never thought I would visit. Racing has taken me to Japan, Europe, Mexico as well as all over the United States. Along the way I have met people who I hope will be lifelong friends. Plus, when I started racing I was a single guy living in a condo on Lake Norman. Years later I have a wife, three kids, two minivans and a mortgage. Racing has been good to me.

NAME: Drew Brown
TITLE: Senior Account Supervisor
HOMETOWN: Indianapolis, Ind.
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, N.C.
COLLEGE: Ball State University
CHILDREN: Jenson, Emery and Owen
YEARS IN RACING: Began fulltime in 1995

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