David Hoots is NASCAR’s Race Director and manages logistics and race control at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Races. Hoots was a UPS employee for 27 years and is featured in UPS Delivers: Ideas that Changed NASCAR – Race Control.
My time at UPS started after high school, working at night on the re-load. At the same time, I started working the races at the local short track. By working for UPS at night I had the option on the weekends to go to the races. I have been working with NASCAR since the late 70’s in a number of different capacities and I’ve been a NASCAR official since I was 18.
In my current position in race control, logistics play a major role in my day-to-day responsibilities. There’s a lot of detail that goes into planning for a NASCAR race and planning ahead is essential if you want to reduce the probability of something getting overlooked. The further ahead you can plan, the more successful event you’re going to have. It’s just like at UPS, planning ahead makes you efficient in what you’re doing.