The Autosportradio.com 2016 Show presented by Honda HPD will stream live on Tuesday April 5th, live from McGilvery’s Speedway.. 3009 North High School Road, beginning at 7PM ET.
The program can be seen/heard by logging onto www.autosportradio.com and the program streamed live on YouTube will be on the home page.
When the program concludes you will find the archive available on Don Kay’s YouTube channel.
Scheduled Guests are:
C.J. was named as chief marketing officer for Hulman Motorsports in November 2013. He leads the combined team of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway marketing, communications and social media.
C.J.joined Hulman Motorsports after serving for 20 years in a variety of marketing and management positions at Ford Motor Company. His latest role at Ford was Group Electrification Marketing manager, which he assumed in 2012. Ford launched several hybrid vehicles and enjoyed a record year for hybrid and electric vehicle sales with O’Donnell’s oversight of day-to-day marketing activities.
Before that role, O’Donnell worked in several sales, marketing and product development positions with Ford, Mazda, Lincoln and Mercury. He served as executive vice president of marketing and sales for Jaguar North America, global marketing director for Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Great Britain and group marketing manager for Lincoln. O’Donnell also was a key member of a small team that orchestrated the turnaround of the Mazda brand.
C.J., a native of West Hazleton, Pa, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University and has a Masters of Business Administration degree in marketing from Columbia Business School. He is an avid runner and accomplished open-wheel and sports car racer in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events.
C.J.and his wife, Mary, have three children.
It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly a breeding ground for the professional American open wheel racer. You’re more likely to come across an apple farm than the next Juan Pablo Montoya. Enter Kristian Aleixo, a quick handed wheelman out of Tacoma,WA looking to bring the Evergreen state from the farthest upper left corner to the center of the racing map. Currently residing in Speedway, IN and on the verge of making his 500 weekend debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in a USF2000 car leased by John Cummiskey Racing, Aleixo is poised to do just that.
Just a few years after receiving his first competition license with the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), Aleixo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while serving a tour in Iraq as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army’s Logistics Corp. Always the optimist, Kristian actually credits the disease as his biggest motivator to retire from military service and pursue his boyhood dream of eventually competing part-time (ovals only) in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Although the two career paths share little in common, Aleixo hoped the same mission oriented mindset of the former will translate into stellar on-track performance with the present.
His driving career began in 2005 with Gymkhana events (single car time attacks) and has since spanned stints in Touring Cars, Off-Road buggies, Modifieds, Street Stocks and most recently Winged Asphalt Midgets. With a unique marketability, the sports car enthusiast turned oval convert had even garnered attention as a prospect from some of NASCAR’s top development teams, even partnering with 2003 Whelen Modified Tour Champions, Mike Smeriglio Racing in 2010, he just didn’t have the funding to do it.
Without a name like Andretti or Unser in his family tree, the road to the top of professional racing is an ongoing uphill climb indeed, demanding the toughest of drivers — but there isn’t much tougher than a U.S. soldier and Kristian Aleixo is no exception.