DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2015) — NASCAR has named Mike Helton vice chairman and added Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar to its board of directors.
Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, made the announcement Feb. 9, touting Mr. Helton's “steady hand and decades of experience in every facet of our business,” which have “made him a close, trusted advisor to me and my family, and his overall impact on NASCAR cannot be overstated.
“With a strong team ready to take on more day-to-day management responsibilities, I'm pleased to now have Mike in a role that will allow us to utilize his unique skills in advancing key priorities for the future of the industry.”
Mr. Helton has served as NASCAR president since 2000 and has been with the sanctioning body in various roles since 1994, according to NASCAR Wire Service. As vice chairman, he will remain the senior NASCAR official at all national series racing events — the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — overseeing competition while working closely with Mr. France on long-term strategic planning.
Mr. Dewar joined NASCAR in December 2013 after a long career in the automotive industry and later as a consultant to a number of global companies. In addition to his previous oversight of business units beyond the competition realm, NASCAR said he will assume additional day-to-day operational responsibilities in racing development, innovation and work with NASCAR's partners and stakeholders.
“Adding someone as talented and experienced as Brent Dewar to our board will be highly beneficial to our company and the industry overall,” Mr. France said. “Brent's operational expertise already has made a big impact and his understanding of how our sport works from multiple perspectives will bring immediate value to how we operate and future initiatives.”