Josh Harris Named Darlington Raceway’s 10th Presidentby Hunter Thomas September 2, 2023 0 comments
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington Raceway announced on Saturday that Josh Harris will serve as the Lady in Black’s next president.
The Harrisville, Miss. native has been working in NASCAR for more than 10 seasons and will serve as Darlington Raceway’s 10th president. Most recently, he served as Darlington Raceway’s Vice President of Business Operations, a position that he has held since January. He will follow in the footsteps of recent presidents, Chip Wile and Kerry Tharp.
“There’s nobody more ready and capable to lead Darlington Raceway than Josh Harris,” said Chip Wile, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President, Chief Track Properties Officer and Darlington Raceway’s president from 2013-2016. “Josh has a wealth of experience, a steady hand and deep relationships that will continue growing this historic venue’s leadership and legacy within the region and our sport. Darlington holds a very special place in my heart and I am excited how Josh is going to continue to push it forward.”
During Saturday’s press conference, Harris reiterated how honored he was to serve as the next president of the prestigious track. He’s looking forward to working with the Darlington Raceway family as well as the surrounding communities. On Friday afternoon, he spent time at the Darlington Car Hauler Parade meeting fans.
Prior to arriving at Darlington, he worked Regional Vice President roles at NASCAR for Client and Event Experience, as well as for Ticketing and Guest Services in the southeast. He was also the Senior Director of Ticketing and Gust Services at Daytona International Speedway from 2017-2020, and the Director of Ticketing for Talladega Superspeedway from 2012-2016. Outside of motorsports, Harris has worked with the University of Miami, University of New Hampshire and IMG.
“It is an incredible honor to have the opportunity to lead Darlington Raceway, which has a legacy of great leadership from the likes of Jim Hunter to Chip Wile and Kerry Tharp,” Harris said. “This track is a beloved South Carolina and NASCAR institution, and I look forward to working alongside our devoted staff and passionate fans to continue growing its relevance and impact as one of the sport’s crown jewels.”
Harris and his family recently moved to the Pee Dee area. He now lives in Florence, South Carolina with his wife Lauren and their three children. Harris’ education includes a Masters of Sports Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Mississippi State University.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 will broadcast live on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA. The NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 will get underway on Sunday and will broadcast live on USA at 6 p.m. ET.
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