NASCAR is expanding its relationship with Teneo Strategies as the auto racing juggernaut's VP of public affairs leaves.
Teneo is the firm of former FTI Consulting CEO Declan Kelly and Clinton consigliere Doug Band. Terrence Burns, former managing director of corporate communications for NASCAR, is a managing director at New York-based Teneo.
Leaving NASCAR is Marcus Jadotte, a nine-year veteran who led its diversity push, including programs to recruit female and minorities to become drivers and pit crew members in the sport.
NASCAR in 2009 settled a $225M discrimination and sexual harassment suit from a female, African-American car inspector.
Jadotte also led PA, handling the league's state and federal relationships after earlier serving as senior manager for national media outreach.
Jadotte moved to NASCAR in 2005 from the political realm, where he was chief of staff to Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz and ex-Rep. Peter Deutsch.
In a statement, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France credited Jadotte with making NASCAR "a leader in diversity and inclusion among the sports industry." He said NASCAR will expand its existing relationship with Teneo for its PA activities. It has worked with the firm since last year.