This course has opened so many more doors for me in racing than I could have on my own. Tom is a fantastic instructor who is very knowledgeable about the sport and he's also very well-connected. Through this course, I've met PR directors, owners and COO's of racing teams and sanctioning bodies. Thanks SMWW!
Motorsports Management Course
Learn the Business of Motorsports Right Here
Motorsports is a unique sector of the sports industry as it is the only sport that has a team, an athlete and utilizes a complicated mechanical creation. That distinction is one of the factors that separates Motorsports Management from a traditional sports education.
This is a unique sport, and a unique business – SMWW will teach you what you need to thrive in it!
For those with an enthusiasm for racing and business our 8-week online Motorsports Management course, led by Steve Sudler a 25+ year veteran of the motorsports industry, is your chance to get a targeted education designed specifically for your passion.
Unlike most online classes, we focus our program on audio chats directly with your course mentors, which allows you the opportunity to build personal relationships and rapport with these successful leaders in the world of motorsports.
To be considered for employment in the world of Motorsports you need a specific skill set, at SMWW we’ll teach you what the industry needs!
We have successful graduates working in all levels of Motorsports, including Formula One (F1), INDYCAR, NASCAR, Tudor United SportsCar Championship, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), World Rally Championship (WRC) and World of Outlaws.
Class size limited to 10 students
Why You Should Take Our Motorsports Management Course
Motorsports is a global industry growing at a record pace.
According to the Motorsports Industry Association (MIA) the US market is currently worth in excess of $13.5 billion, with over 400,000 participants. In the UK, there are over 4,500 companies directly involved in motorsports.
The Motorsports industry is comprised of powerful business entities, like NASCAR, F1 and INDYCAR, with far reaching influence and innovation. Our 8-week online course will train students on the business side of racing including:
- Client Services
- Driver Management
- Support Organizations
- Speedway and Racetrack operations
- Venue logistics
- Race team management
- Motorsports media
- Event Management
- Public relations
- Non-profits and foundations
Motorsports careers are available at a variety of venues, race teams, sanctioning bodies and more, students need a specific skill set to be considered for employment or get to the next level.
This course has opened so many more doors for me in racing than I could have on my own. Through this course, I've met PR directors, owners and COO's of racing teams and sanctioning bodies… and I got a job at Dover International Speedway thanks to SMWW!
- Lynn Sudik, Social Media Coordinator at Dover International Speedway
What You Can Expect From Our Motorsports Management Course
You don’t have to turn a wrench to work in motorsports, in fact there are more jobs available away from the garage than there are under the hood. The goal of our course is to train you for the myriad of opportunities behind the scenes of motorsports, from marketing to logistics to driver management and everything in between.
Our veteran mentors know exactly who is hiring, when they are hiring and where they are hiring. That is your core advantage taking this course, you’ll not only learn the industry you’ll also become part of our global network of people tied into the world of motorsports.
In Motorsports Management course you will learn about:
- Race Team Management
- Motorsports Sponsorship
- Race Promotion & Driver Promotion
- Motorsports Marketing
- Race Event Management
- Public Relations & Media
- Non-profits, Charities and Foundations in the Racing Industry
- Community Relations
- Generating Revenue Through Ticket Sales
- Client Services for Racetracks, Race Teams and Sanctioning Bodies
- Speedway & Race Track Operations
- Driver Image and Media Relations
- Legal Aspects and Legislation of Sanctioning Bodies
- Race Track Management
If you are one of the millions of people who get hyped up just watching the exciting action of NASCAR, INDYCAR, F1 and NHRA racing then this is the course for you.
This is a great course for anyone looking to gain a wealth of knowledge. This course provided me with tools I needed to get my foot in the door of Motorsports. I love waking up and going to work. What they say is true. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I am truly happy and I have this course to thank.
- Scott Rogers, Marketing Team, Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA
Meet Your Motorsports Management Course Mentor
Steve Sudler, a 25+ year veteran of the motorsports industry, began his career like so many in motorsports,as a crew member for Arciero Racing and driver Randy Lewis. In these developmental stages of his career Sudler discovered a passion for the business side of motorsports, working with sponsors such as Oracle, Samsung, Novell and AMP.
Sudler eventually left the garage behind for the boardroom, working in motorsports marketing for Koni Shock Absorbers, Just Marketing International and Walker Racing. While at Walker Racing,Sudler developed the in-house sponsorship sales and marketing group, and embraced the global nature of the sport by being the first IndyCar team to have sponsorship from China, partnering with Air China in 2003.
Sudler has advised top agencies and brands on their NASCAR programs including Toyota, NTN Bearings, Hershey, Kraft, Pfizer, GMAC and Jim Beam.
In 2009 Sudler launched Sports Marketing Consultants, an organization designed to assist companies with their sports marketing strategies, as well as motorsports properties in the area of business development and sponsorship sales.
Sudler and the SMC team continues to work with top global brands and properties in motorsport while also expanding into other sports such as the NFL and Major League Lacrosse.
Weekly Audio Chats: A unique aspect of each 8 week course is the opportunity for students to participate weekly in live interactive audio chats with fellow students, Steve Sudler and renowned guest speakers. Team executives, public relations directors, media experts, and speedway executives will occasionally participate in the live interactive chats to offer their input and expertise. Course participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the racing industry and get to know your instructors and fellow students virtually..
Course Includes: All books, software, educational resources, press release samples, sponsorship samples and a headset needed for the course. Included in your course fee is the contact information for over 1300 auto racing facilities, 330 sanctioning bodies, 62 racing publications, and 67 racing museums. We also include schedules for 215 race circuits. Add that to the SMWW Network of faculty and alumni and you'll have so many in your corner!
Internship, Practicum, Apprenticeship, and "Hands On" Experience: Each SMWW Motorsports Management student will participate in a short-term job experience in their desired area. This will vary for each student based on their career goals and location. This hands-on learning is designed to prepare them for work in a variety of settings including at the racetrack, for a team, in media and public relations, or ticket and sponsorship or racing foundation. Job experiences could include shadowing NASCAR or NHRA personnel, working with the local speedway, or assisting a racing organization with press releases, marketing and media events. The opportunities are endless.
Steve Sudler will strategize with individuals to determine which job experience would be most beneficial for their situation. This will be geared to the sanctioning body of the student’s choice. This unique opportunity gives each student the necessary hands on experience and will enhance their racing career skills portfolio with the guidance of the SMWW instructors. This experience is the highlight for many students trying to get their foot in the door.
Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a web-based educational delivery system. Students will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow motorsports business-minded students and faculty. All training materials needed are included in the course fee and will be shipped to your door.
Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 140 countries. Courses have a international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.
Earn College Credit: Most participants are not college students. Most participants are working full time in a variety of careers including many in sports from all over the world. (Many wish they had taken this course in college!) For those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits to your school, two-three hours of college credit is available. Click here for more information.
Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service we offer a discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are active, reserve, or a retired member of your countries military system. Thank you for serving your country! (Please include what country and specific part of the military.)
Tax Write Off: (For USA Citizens) SMWW course tuition, books and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.
Sports Career Conferences: Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW Alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet and network with execuitves at levels of racing are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW Alumni receive discounts.
Resume, CV & Cover Letters: SMWW will evaluate your resume and other vitae to create the best possible "first impression". The course's main objective is to develop a new generation of Motorsports executives by teaching skills and strategies that are unique to motorsports and racing industry jobs from a business acumen.
Legendary NASCAR veteran Larry McReynolds endorses SMWW Motorsports Management:
Larry McReynolds is one of NASCAR's most successful and recognized crew chiefs, winning two Daytona 500’s, one in 1992 with Davey Allison and another in 1998 with Dale Earnhardt.
Today, Larry finds great joy as Race Analyst with FOX Sports. The five time member of the Copenhagen/Skoal All-Pro Team, an all-star “who’s who” of crew members, McReynolds is one of the most recognized and respected personalities in Motorsports. He is also a big supporter of our Motorsports Management course and the students that graduate from it.
Course Certificate & Resume Reference
Successful graduates of the Sports Management Worldwide courses will be sent a SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the sports business industry.
In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW. This approval includes a personal reference you may add to your resume with contact information for Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and a reference to the mentors of this course.