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Apr 29

1981 grad takes executive position with NASCAR

Gene Stefanyshyn ’81 was named Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development of NASCAR last week. From the Auto Week story:

In this role, Stefanyshyn will lead and shape NASCAR’s future approach to competition by utilizing and developing innovations that advance the racing product and fan experience. Additionally, he will work in close collaboration with other NASCAR departments and industry stakeholders to develop a leading edge culture for NASCAR surrounding engineering and technology.

Stefanyshyn has been a leader at General Motors working in various capacities for more than 30 years, most recently serving as the company’s executive director of global product development quality, where he managed upwards of 250 employees across four global regions.

“We are very pleased to have a globally proven leader the caliber of Gene Stefanyshyn join our management team and take the reins of innovation and racing development at NASCAR,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and chief executive officer. “It has been a stated goal to raise the level of science and technology utilized throughout NASCAR to an entirely new level, and I’m confident that we have found the right leader in Gene to build on our very strong foundation. NASCAR’s aim is to be a recognized leader when it comes to putting the best, most engaging product forward and this is another strong step in that direction.”