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Jimmy White, Media Relations Director

By Whitney Black

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to feel the adrenaline running through your veins as the scent of gasoline and burning rubber consumed your sense of smell? Jimmy White experiences this every weekend, from February through November, as the media relations director for Affinia Motorsports.

From English internship to dream job

In White's position, he gets to be around NASCAR almost seven days a week. Affinia Motorsports handles the public relations for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year and WIX Filters Lap Leader programs in NASCAR. White's job consists of writing press releases, race reports, media reports and notes. He is responsible for distributing quotes to deadline media at each race.

White says the internship he did for his English major landed him his first job. He was driven by his desire to land a job in stock car racing. This desire helped him “slug his way” through biology and Spanish classes. In fact, his dream of getting a job with NASCAR inspired him to pursue a college education in the first place. He realized a degree would give him an edge in landing this job, and he wanted every advantage he could get.

A typical NASCAR week

White’s favorite part about his job is being a part of a young driver’s first big NASCAR win. His typical work week, which consists of being in the office one day, traveling for two days, and being at the racetrack for three days, is the stuff dreams are made of.

White is proudest of receiving the 2006 Ken Patterson Helping Others Award from the National Motorsports Press Association, which is essentially the public relations “person of the year” award as voted on by members of the motorsports media.

Doing it on his own

It took him a year and over 100 resumes to get his first job. He is very proud of what he has accomplished in his career so far. He entered an industry where nobody knew who he was, so everything he has accomplished he owes to his work ethic and job performance.

White advises, “No matter what profession you may choose, always return a phone call or an e-mail in a timely manner.”

 



These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.