• Building business careers in the multi-billion dollar motorsports industry through partnerships with sanctioning bodies, teams, tracks, media, sponsors, agencies and attractions
You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Motorsport Management Major if you
  • have broad interests in business functions such as marketing, finance, etc.
  • enjoy racing
  • want to motivate and lead people in a competitive business environment
  • organize information well
  • possess good communication skills
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in motorsports management at Belmont Abbey College are part of a unique, business-centered motorsports program.
  • Take advantage of the Abbey’s proximity to motorsports venues in Charlotte, including the Charlotte speedway and the NASCAR hall of fame, to build practical knowledge and broaden your experience.
  • Inform your motorsport career with the wisdom and depth of mind of a Catholic liberal arts focus.

In this major, you will have the opportunity to intern at hundreds of local businesses in the Charlotte area, putting your career on the fast- track.

With a motorsport management bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of Motorsports-based opportunities such as:

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Logistics
  • Mechanics
  • Sponsor Relations
North Carolina is arguably the biggest state in the world of motorsports. This makes Belmont Abbey an excellent place to get your motorsports career on track with a solid, business-focused motorsports curriculum and a plethora of local opportunities.

The Abbey Difference:

Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions. The Motorsport Management degree integrates real world business case study platforms, national collegiate competition, top industry leaders, and unmatched internship opportunities with a liberal arts foundation and the Benedictine hallmarks of stewardship, community, and discipline. No other Motorsport Management program in the country offers the quality, depth of curriculum, and top-notch teaching of Belmont Abbey College.

Abbey Motorsport students have gone to intern with many of the top names in North American Racing, including: the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, DIRT, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, NASCAR, NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and many more.

 

Sport at the Service of the Spirit:
“Sport, properly directed, develops character, makes a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor; it refines the senses, gives intellectual penetration, and steels the will to endurance. It is not merely a physical development then. Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man, and while perfecting the body as an instrument of the mind, it also makes the mind itself a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth and helps man to achieve that end to which all others must be subservient, the service and praise of his Creator.”

– Pope Pius XII, Sport at the Service of the Spirit, July 29, 1945

 

Highlights of your experience:

These courses highlight the some of the ideas and authors you will consider as a Motorsport Management major at Belmont Abbey College.

Familiarizes students with the principles and practices of contemporary public relations. Students enrolled in this class have the opportunity to build and develop a motorsport-themed event.
Students will develop a personal portfolio of work and projects to show to employers in the motorsport industry. This portfolio includes a senior capstone project produced in this class, which examines a contemporary issue of business in motorsport.

Program Requirements:

(This option is available for traditional students only.)

Required Lower-Division Courses (15 credits)

Economics 201 (macro)

Economics 202 (micro)

Accounting 211 (Financial)

Accounting 212 (Managerial)

Business 265 (Spreadsheet & Database)

 

Major Requirements (27 credits)

MS201 Introduction to Motorsport

MS320 Administration, Governance, Policy in Motorsport

MS330 Motorsport Marketing

MS340 Motorsport Facility & Event Management

MS360 Motorsport Business and Finance

MS370 Public Relations & Media in Motorsport

MS410 Senior Seminar

MS456 Internship (6 hours)

 

Other Required Courses (15 credits)

BU315W Business Communications

BU300 Management

SM350 Sport Law & Risk Management

Two other 300/400 level Business courses (but not BU306)

 

All MS students would graduate with a Business minor in addition to the Motorsport Management major

It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

 

Faculty:

George “Trey” Cunningham – Associate Professor & Chair of Sport Management
B.S., Louisiana Tech University, 2001
M.S., Louisiana Tech University, 2003
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2007

Mary Beth Chambers – Visiting Assistant Professor of Motorsports Management
B.A., University of Kentucky
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University

Patrick Wood – Executive Director of Motorsport Management
B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1986
M.A., Kent State University, 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisers:

Dr. William K. Theirfelder – College President

H.A. Humpy Wheeler – Industry Executive

Bruce Mosley – Executive in Residence

Tom Cotter – Industry Executive

Patrick Wood – Industry Executive

Mike Mooney – Industry Executive