Danielle Huebner of Red Bud, Ill., is a Southeast Missouri State University sport
management major interning with Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
She is working on several racing events, including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Coca-Cola 600, Windstream Pole Night, the Summer Shootout Series, Legends Big Money 100, and Drag and Brag Series events. Her responsibilities are overseeing the Powerade Play Zone for children, planning events, setting up the Family Seating Section for NASCAR events, ensuring flag waivers are signed, organizing technical cards for competitors, maintaining a database for waivers and overseeing gate giveaways.
“Working at the speedway is giving me the opportunity to witness one of my favorite sports in a whole new light by learning all the facets of the industry,” she said.
According to Danielle, her time at the University has helped raise her confidence enough to apply for such an impressive internship.
“Southeast has given me the ability to reach out of my comfort zone. Six months ago, I would have never imagined myself living in North Carolina on my own and interning at the speedway,” she said.
Danielle said she has been hooked on sports since her older brother strapped her into his hockey gear and shot tennis balls and hockey pucks at her when she was young. She did not realize her passion for racing, however, until her friends dragged her to Daytona International Speedway the summer after high school graduation. After watching her first live race, she knew she wanted a career in the motorsports segment of the sport industry.
Danielle’s favorite thing to do in Cape Girardeau is to head downtown to shop and eat at local restaurants. She said she also enjoys playing golf, watching television and movies, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She has traveled abroad twice since starting her studies at Southeast, once to Berlin, Germany, for UI 343, “Transcultural Experience,” and once to St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, to compete in the Network of International Business Schools annual Case Competition.
“That week in Newfoundland I learned a lot about myself. I realized that I could handle the stress of tough obstacles and made friendships that I hope will last. I look forward to hopefully getting the chance to travel across the country working with a professional race team or racing series one day,” she said.
Danielle advises future Southeast students, “Networking can play a major role to your success. Get to know your professors and fellow students within your major. My time at Charlotte Motor Speedway started by talking to my advisor and sending a simple email to a Southeast sport management alumnus who had been working at the speedway for a handful of years.”