Rob Ramage replaces Eddie Gossage as Texas Motor Speedway’s general manager


FORT WORTH — The new “face” of Texas Motor Speedway is a familiar one well beyond the corporate offices outside Turn 1.

Rob Ramage, veteran TMS executive and general counsel, was introduced Wednesday as Senior Vice President and General Manager of “The Great American Speedway.”

A 53-year-old resident of Dallas, Ramage replaces Eddie Gossage, who retired as TMS President and General Manager following the NASCAR All-Star Race here in June.

That event capped Gossage’s 25-year tenure at TMS and three decades with Speedway Motorsports Inc.

“I’m very blessed and very honored to just work at Texas Motor Speedway every day,” Ramage, who’s worked for SMI since 2013, said during a Zoom conference with national media.

“I’ve been a huge racing fan all my life, and I never thought I’d have the opportunity to step into these shoes and kind of lead us into those next 25 years after Eddie. He’s done a wonderful job and been a great promoter. I’m so excited and can’t wait for the next 25 years.”

Ramage was introduced by Marcus Smith, SMI President and Chief Executive Officer and the son of TMS founder and NASCAR Hall of Famer O. Bruton Smith. Marcus Smith said Ramage emerged from a nationwide search that drew 30 applicants and went through several rounds of interviews.

Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Ron Ramage headshot mugshot. (Courtesy/Texas Motor Speedway)

“When it came down to the final few we had an internal candidate that fit the bill perfectly and that’s Rob Ramage,” Smith said. “I’ve had the chance to see him in action among his peers, among people in the community and the state and it’s been a really neat process to not only work with Rob for a few years but also see him work with other people. It’s always good to be able to promote from within.”

Ramage has worked for SMI since 2013, serving as General Counsel & Director of Governmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Finance & Compliance at TMS. His duties have encompassed risk management and working with government entities, business leaders and community advocates.

Before joining SMI, Ramage practiced law in Dallas, focusing on complex litigation, intellectual property and business transactions.

Ramage’s immediate challenge is replacing Gossage, widely acknowledged as the “P.T. Barnum of Motorsports” for his promotional acumen.

“I’ve always worn lots of hats here at the racetrack,” Ramage said. “I’ve done every job from driving a tractor to stubbing tickets to directing traffic, parking cars, engaging our fans, getting that experience to what they’re experiencing live.

“The transition _ the biggest challenge _ is letting our people know that they can shine and watching them grow in their given roles and responsibilities. My goal simply is to let the people who I work with, help them foster and create the great ideas which they have been doing for years and leave my mark on constantly improving what Eddie set into plan.”

To that end, Ramage said he already is working on the NASCAR Cup Series event that will conclude TMS’ 25th season of racing.

“In 74 days the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 is going to be here,” Ramage said of an event booked for Oct. 17. “That’s a huge race, a Playoff series race. That is my No. 1 priority and focus. If you were to look down from a satellite at our property, within a 45-mile radius there is around 8.9-million people. My job in these 74 days is to let all those good Texans and people from all around the world know that you need to be here, you need to come to this NASCAR race.”

Smith said that while SMI is working with NASCAR on TMS’ 2022 schedule, no final decision has been made on a possible return of the All-Star Race to North Texas _ or if SMI again will promote the second annual NASCAR weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Ramage, however, said he’s looking to expand TMS’ already diverse non-racing schedule of trade and car shows. “I’m very interested in making this property a premier venue for big, large-scale music events,” Ramage said. “That’s something that’s difficult to do but something I’m really focused on as kind of a new event for TMS.”

John Sturbin is a senior writer at RacinToday.com, based in Fort Worth. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage listens, pictured here in February 2020, announced his retirement Thursday, effective this June.

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