Veteran sports journalist Terry Blount has been named Vice President of Public Relations and Communications of the National Hot Rod Association, the sanctioning body announced Thursday.
Blount spent the last 10 years with ESPN.com. In his new role, according to a media release, Blount will “lead and create the strategic direction for corporate communications, media relations and public relations for the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body.”
Blount will relocate to Southern California — the NHRA is headquartered in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora — from his home in the Seattle area.
“Terry has a great passion for NHRA Drag Racing and his background as a world class sports journalist is second to none,” said NHRA president Peter Clifford. “Terry is the consummate professional and has tremendous relationships with the national media as well as many high-level executives throughout the motorsports community.
“He is positioned well to lead our efforts to enhance and expand our current communications and public relations initiatives and drive increased awareness and attention to the sport.”
Blount begins his new role on July 30.
“I have a true love of the NHRA and I can’t wait to get started on this new chapter of my career,” Blount said. “This sport provides an intensity that can’t be matched and I am eager to begin the process of communicating my enthusiasm and excitement for NHRA’s unique brand of 300 mile per hour entertainment to media outlets around the globe.”