Over the past decade, Brandon Igdalsky steered Pocono Raceway from obscurity to relevance.
But the time has come for new hands to take the wheel.
Former track CEO and president Brandon Igdalsky announced his resignation from Pocono on Tuesday, handing CEO duties to younger brother Nick Igdalsky and the title of president to Ben May.
The elder Igdalsky leaves the track his grandfather built for a role with NASCAR, becoming the sanctioning body’s managing director of event marketing and promotion.
“The cards just all fell into place,” Brandon Igdalsky said Friday. “We’ve done some great things at Pocono, and talked to some friends at NASCAR and just kind of looked at the void that they had from the track’s perspective. And it was the perfect timing, perfect fit.”
Nick Igdalsky, who becomes just the third CEO in track history alongside grandfather Dr. Joseph Matiolli and brother Brandon, is thankful for the opportunity to take the reigns.
“It means a lot to me,” he said Thursday. “This is a family-run business; it always will be a family-run business. Just to have good people to get your back and to help you learn along the way will be a great asset to me. But I’m fully prepared. My experiences at other facilities and what I’ve done here at Pocono has prepared me.”
Nick had been the Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President of the facility since 2007 while also spending five years overseeing renovations at South Boston Speedway, a 0.4-mile track in Virignia. He admits the promotion to CEO came a bit sooner than he anticipated, but with a loaded NASCAR weekend right around the corner, he feels ready to jump into his new role.
“My thoughts and hopes were that Brandon would stick around for at least another 10 years or so, but that doesn’t appear to be the case,” Nick Igdalsky said. “But I’m prepared.”
May first began working at Pocono Raceway in 2000 through Mountain Concessions and joined the track’s full-time staff a year later as its director of trackside sales. After three years as the CMO of the Tricky Triangle, he finds himself eager to begin his new adventure.
“Nick and I are excited to continue the solid work that Brandon started, the path he put us down,” May said. “It’s going to be good.”
Nick Igdalsky and May will need no time to build a relationship with one another. The duo met in college at Elon University during the late 1990s.
“Ben May and I work very, very well together,”…