Full Name
Stu Grant
Business Title
General Manager for Global Race Tires
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Speaker Bio
Stu has led the Goodyear Racing program for more than 25 years, has overseen the company being named NASCAR's official tire supplier for its top three national series (NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck) since 1997, and has also worked with the NASCAR Foundation, serving as a board member, which is a leading charity that works to improve the lives of children in NASCAR communities.

Stu Grant graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in chemical engineering and joined Goodyear in 1972. After a year in aircraft tire development, he moved to Goodyear’s racing division as a race tire engineer in 1973. He was elevated to Chief Compounder in 1978 and then to Manager of racing tire development in 1983. After a stint with passenger and light truck tires between 1991 and 1993, Grant returned to racing as Goodyear’s Director of race tire sales in 1994, before being promoted to his current position, General Manager, Worldwide Racing in 1996. During his early years as a tire compounder, he was instrumental in the introduction of the “slick” tire for stock car racing in 1973, developed the tires that first cracked 200-mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and those that broke the 250-mph barrier in drag racing. He was the recipient of the Louis Schwitzer Award for “Innovation and Engineering Excellence in the Field of Race Car Design” in 1987 and was awarded a US Patent in 1989 for the tubeless safety shield currently used in NASCAR. In 2011 Grant was elected to the Board of the NASCAR Foundation, a leading charity that works to improve the lives of children in NASCAR communities, and in 2021 was the recipient of the Buddy Shuman award. The award is one of the most prestigious honors in NASCAR, and it recognizes individuals whose efforts and contributions help advance the sport of stock car racing. Grant and his wife, Pat, reside in Silver Lake, Ohio, and have two married children, and four grandchildren.
Stu Grant