W. Grant Lynch Jr.
Grant Lynch serves as Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway and Vice President, Strategic Projects for International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”). Lynch will oversee strategic management and community leadership for one of ISC's premier facilities while continuing to provide leadership and execution for key strategic projects across the Company.
Prior to his current role, Lynch was Senior Vice President, Business Operations of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and President of Talladega Superspeedway. In addition to his responsibilities at Talladega, Lynch’s duties included overseeing operations at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.
Lynch joined the staff at Talladega Superspeedway in January of 1993 as General Manager and became Vice President of ISC in November of that year. In 1997, ISC appointed Lynch to oversee the construction and management of Kansas Speedway. In 2004, ISC appointed Lynch to head efforts to construct a track in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, WA.
He is a major contributor in the community, serving on numerous boards and helping with charitable activities. Lynch is on the Board of Directors of Regions Bank of Talladega County and is chairman and a board member of the Talladega Economic Development Authority. He is also on the Alabama Wildlife Federation and Natural Resources Board and serves on the Boy Scout Council Board.
Lynch serves on the board for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and is a trustee for Race Fever night, an annual fundraiser for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation, and has chaired the event in the past.
Prior to joining Talladega Superspeedway, Lynch spent 11 years with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. where in his last post as Senior Manager of Operations and Public Relations, he managed the company’s involvement in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. His career there spanned back to 1982, when he joined RJR Special Events as a Camel GT Series show car driver and was quickly promoted to Show Car Supervisor in 1983. In 1984, Lynch was promoted again to Team Representative on the NHRA Winston Drag Series, and was named Assistant Team Manager in 1985.
Two years later, Lynch moved to the Vantage Cup Senior PGA Tour as Assistant Team Manager and was promoted to Team Manager just five months later. Then in July 1990, he moved to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as Senior Manager Of Operations And Public Relations.
Some of the projects that Lynch headed for RJR’s Sports Marketing Enterprises were the Vantage Championship, NASCAR Winston Cup banquets, NASCAR Winston Cup Preview, NASCAR Operation Desert Support, The Winston Legends races and The Winston all-star event.
Lynch graduated from Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. He attended Lees-McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, N.C. and N.C. State University before joining RJR.
He and his wife, the former Marcia Pfaff of Winston-Salem, have two daughters, Ashley and Sara Katherine. They reside in Talladega.