This page is for some news and links about motorsports management and marketing firms the deal wuth sponsorship, driver and team services, mainly the NASCAR Sprint Cup industry.
Calinoff Launches New Company: NASCAR notable, Mike Calinoff [current #17 spotter], has spent a good part of his career creating mutually-beneficial business relationships and designing creative funding models in the motorsports arena. Now, Calinoff has created a separate entity from his successful Public Relations, Social Influence and Branding company, 140BUZZ, to serve drivers and teams in their quest for sponsorships. GENER8PARTNERS, LLC with offices in Huntersville, NC and New York, NY will specialize in experiential marketing, leveraging consumer products and business-to-business relationships to develop sponsorship programs in motorsports with a dedicated staff. "We're not 'sponsor hunters', we're more like matchmakers," said Calinoff. "We're about creating opportunities for companies to not only gain exposure, but increase their businesses as a result of product leverage and creative relationships. The days of just vinyl on sheet metal are long gone."(140 BUZZ)(11-14-2013)
New marketing agency: After several years behind the wheel and then building/managing Roger Staubach and Troy Aikmanís Hall of Fame Racing team, Alex Whitman has started a motorsports marketing agency called Motorsport Solutions. The agency specializes in helping clients develop, execute and manage customized marketing solutions in multiple forms of motorsport including NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, sports cars and NHRA. To learn more about Motorsport Solutions, visit www.MotorsportSolutions.com.(4-30-2012)
NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing In Motion Set For Spring 2012 Launch: NASCAR Kinetics: Marketing in Motion kicks-off the 2012 season by welcoming 18 partner schools from across the U.S. This innovative case study competition gives college students the opportunity to work through real-world business challenges and scenarios provided by NASCAR and its various industry stakeholders, such as Official Partners, teams and tracks. Since 2009 college students across the nation have spent a semester immersed in the NASCAR brand through NASCAR Kinetics. This grassroots program began with four schools and has grown to become NASCARís largest college initiative with 18 schools this semester.
This semesterís first case studies will ask students to create a comprehensive sales and marketing strategy that will help increase Fathead sale of NASCAR-related merchandise. While the second will challenge each team to deliver creative ideas that will help Camping World strength its relationship with NASCAR and promote its products at-track, in stores and online. The final stage of the competition, the viewing parties, will all be hosted in conjunction with M&Mís and will serve to celebrate the colorfulness of the M&Mís characters and NASCAR.
This semester, Kinetics is available at the following 18 schools across the country: Belmont Abbey College, Centenary College, Central Michigan University, Coastal Carolina University, East Tennessee State University, Elon University, High Point University, Indiana State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Troy University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Oregon and Virginia State University.
NASCAR Kinetics is available every fall and spring semester to teams of five students who are chosen from each participating school. Eligible students must be at least a sophomore with a minimum 2.75 GPA and pursuing a degree or concentration in sport management, sport marketing, business, management, marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, advertising or broadcasting. These students work together to produce one submission for each case study, while concurrently planning and executing a viewing party of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
While the teams are competing for the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the greater reward is the invaluable experience that serves to build their resume as they finish school and begin their careers. For more information on NASCAR Kinetics, please refer to the new website: www.NASCARKinetics.com.(NASCAR)(3-27-2012)
Calinoff Launches 140BUZZ: At the conclusion of 2011, the combined number of active Facebook and Twitter users was 1.55 billion. By comparison, those social media channels would make up the third largest country in the world. Add to those others such as newcomer Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn and you'll have enough people connected to rival the population of China. So the timing just seemed right for Mike Calinoff, the Spotter for NASCAR Champions Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr and Truck Series sophomore Nelson Piquet to create 140BUZZ with which to serve the motorsports community, as well as all categories of business with budgets of all sizes. "Our online visibility tactics with Social Media, SEO, Public Relations, Branding and integrated digital marketing services are geared not only to drive traffic, but to build relationships for our clients," said Calinoff, "so we're kind of living at the intersection of influence and leverage; and we're confident we can accomplish that by keeping our clients current and relevant." 140BUZZ services will be available ŗ la carte in an effort to target specific needs of grassroots and NASCAR-level racers and teams, along with small to medium-sized businesses.(140BUZZ)(3-2-2012)
Former NASCAR Exec opens communications firm: Ramsey Poston, who led the communications efforts at NASCAR since 2004, announced the opening of a strategic communications firm, Tuckahoe Strategies. The business, which for the time being will consist of only Poston, will manage a select number of clients including NASCAR. The company will provide clients with strategic counsel to positively move brands forward while supporting their marketing and overall communications efforts. Poston will draw from his experience at NASCAR where he set the strategic vision on a day-to-day basis, which included supporting the sport's marketing initiatives and those of its key sponsors.(Tuckahoe Strategies)(12-28-2011)
Drive Motorsports International Expands: Tony Scott, the company's founder and current President and CEO, stated they are taking the motorsports marketing and sponsorship platform and expanding on it to achieve higher returns for their clients.
Drive Motorsports International provides marketing, sponsorship and consulting services to major corporations, areas of the military and many consumer brands that market through motorsports.
"We have been around for a few years now and have been growing just below the surface and now we are starting to break through as a formidable agency that is fundamentally strong," said Mr. Scott. "We are different; we are an edgy creative agency that explores new ways of generating ROI in motorsports. In today's motorsports market place, a lot of companies have the 'been there done that' syndrome or have not achieved the ROI that they expected. There is tremendous value in motorsports and many companies don't truly know how to take full advantage of it. Most people know that a traditional motorsports sponsorship involves logo placement and signage, and that will always be a part of motorsports, that will never go away, and there is significant value there. We however take those traditional concepts and turn them into something revolutionary; we take it to a whole new level. We are coming out with new ideas nobody has seen before and we will always be developing new ways of pushing what is possible. We are the new age motorsports marketing agency."
"The difference between us and our competition is very clear," said Mr. Scott. "We structure our deals to focus on sales and providing trackable revenue increases through motorsports. In other words, we make money for our clients through motorsports. We're not talking about a little bit of money either. We're talking about 10:1 ROI ratio possibilities. We recently built a program with a new sponsor for the Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototype team we work with and we established an 8:1 ROI with at least half of that being hard cash money that was 100% trackable on the back end. These are strong ratios for the motorsports industry where some current NASCAR team sponsors wish they could be at 3:1," Mr. Scott stated.
Drive Motorsports International is the go-to agency for any company or brand that is looking at the motorsports segment, either as a new potential sponsor to the sport or current sponsors looking for better results. "We are quite universally used, we work with smaller companies with smaller budgets and we work with larger companies with large budgets," stated Mr. Scott. "Any size company should be able to get involved in motorsports and achieve success." Drive Motorsports International listens to the clients that call on them and learns about their current strategies and objectives and then goes to work to build one off completely customized solutions specifically fit for the client. "We don't charge anything to consult and build programs for the clients that call on us. We only charge a commission if a program is executed and there is a spend. So any company can contact us and learn how Drive Motorsports International can help their bottom line and explore what areas to take advantage of and how." Drive Motorsports International also manages and maintains the programs they build throughout their term and ensures the set milestones are reached while handling all of the measurement metrics and ROI reporting.
"We strongly focus on proper alignment with all of the companies we work with, we talk with brand marketers everyday that are uneducated when it comes to motorsports. They think motorsports means NASCAR or NHRA, but there are so many other areas of motorsports that may align better. We talk to people that have never heard of the American Le Mans Series or the Grand-Am Series or even Off Road Racing and some have never even heard of INDY CAR, and these are areas that can offer significant returns and are considerably cheaper than say NASCAR and they are rapidly growing in popularity as well."
"You know, a lot of people are slamming NASCAR and claiming the ratings are down, the attendance is down and the younger audience has dropped off the map. The truth is that NASCAR is still very popular and offers a very significant value to sponsors if handled properly," stated Mr. Scott. "The problem I see is that the marketers in the sport are not being creative enough and aren't thinking out side of the box. There are a lot of old timers that we have all learned from and respect very much that just aren't embracing the new age of motorsports and how to effectively market in it. It's like the Star Wars quote 'When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master,'" Mr. Scott joked. It seems to be true though; Drive Motorsports International is emerging and is expanding to keep up with demand. "We are a younger, aggressive and edgy agency. We have younger executives that get the new age of motorsports and its demographic and we see where it is going."
The company said in June that it expects its overall revenue to grow to $50 million in the next five years, including expanding overseas. More info at drivemotorsportsinternational.com.(Drive Motorsports International/Market Wire)(4-12-2011)
Driver agent creates own agency, takes some big names: Longtime NASCAR driver agent Rod Moskowitz is spinning off from Motorsports Management International to create his own agency by acquiring the contracts of top drivers #11-Denny Hamlin, #4-Kasey Kahne and #1-Jamie McMurray. The new agency, which will be known as Fuel Sports Management Group, will be run by Moskowitz, who worked for MMI for 11 years, and former Ray Evernham Motorsports executives Rick Russell and David Jessey. Evernham, who at one time considered buying MMI, will be an adviser and member of the board along with Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler's partner at Happy Madison Productions. MMI founder Cary Agajanian will continue to represent Tony Stewart and work in NASCAR, as well as drifting and other motorsports. He expects to maintain a close relationship with Fuel Sports Management.(Sporting News/SportsBusiness Journal)(3-18-2011)
Evernham looking to buy consulting firm: Ray Evernham confirmed on Saturday that heís submitted an offer to purchase Motorsports Management International (MMI). MMI was founded by Los Angeles-based lawyer Cary Agajanian in 1995 as a driver management and motorsports consulting firm. Today, MMI lists Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray among its clients. From the grassroots development of drivers to the evolution of professional racing, Evernham would be equipped to offer a full-service program. ďItís public knowledge that myself and a group of partners have made an offer to Cary Agajanian,Ē Evernham said. ďWith the people that Iím involved with, it would be a really exciting project. We donít have an answer yet. Cary is still thinking about the offer. He wants to get with us ó I think thereís a meeting for the first week of September. So yes, itís something Iím pursuing. I wouldnít have done it if it wasnít for the group of people that are involved. Iíve worked with that whole group before and weíve been successful with other projects. ďItís not like I will have an office there that Iíll be at every day. My part will be some of the driver development and help with driver coaching, driver management of some of the current talent that they have.(in part from FoxSports) and see more chase stats on the Chase Stats after Bristol page.(8-25-2010)
UPDATE: Statement from MMIís president/founder: ďOver the years, MMI has been approached several times about mergers or acquisitions. I have known Ray Evernham for over 20 years and have great respect for him and what he's accomplished in the racing business, especially his mentoring work as a team owner for Kasey Kahne, one of MMI's cornerstone clients. So it is flattering to have Ray's group make an offer for an interest in MMI and build upon the talent management and driver development standard that MMI has set within the industry. We have an ongoing dialogue that will eventually determine if it makes business sense for us to take that next step at this time.Ē Ė Cary Agajanian, President/Founder of Motorsports Management International.(8-25-2010)