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Natalie “Speed” Sather

After watching sprint car greats such as Donny Schatz, I entered my first go-kart race at age nine and have had a passion for racing ever since.  

After winning a national go-kart racing title, I continued my racing career by advancing to the sprint car division.  I raced competitively with the World of Outlaws, American Sprint Car Series, All Stars, and with Australia’s premiere racing series.  After a few years of successful dirt track racing, I joined NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity to race on asphalt.  I ran in the NASCAR Whelen Series for three years. During those years, I placed 25th overall in the nation and 5th in the highly competitive Virginia State points championship. 

Through the years, my racing career has transitioned from behind-the-wheel to in front of the camera to behind-the-scenes.  I've worked as a race reporter covering races and producing interviews with drivers and racing teams. My reporting career has involved my work with NBC NASCAR on the show “NASCAR America," the World of Outlaws, and 3 Wide Life.

I've worked as the Marketing Director for National Sprint League, a start-up 410 Sprint Car series.  I was responsible for sponsorship development and track hospitality, creation of program materials, and assisted with the design and management of the merchandise. 

Most recently I was the Digital Media Coordinator for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at JR Motorsports. I assisted in managing, producing, and editing the Dirty Mo Radio division which hosted eight podcasts on DaleJr.com. In addition to hosting the show, I assisted with creating, directing, and writing the scripts for JRM 360, a weekly show on JR Motorsports’ website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

I have a passion for racing, marketing, and developing relationships. From that passion and perseverance, Speed Media was born.

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Marissa Faccinto-Social Media

You know those kids running around in over-sized race tees, up on the fence trying to get each drivers attention, then instantly passing out before the main event. Yup. That was me, from day one. I was that little girl, with my brothers and cousins, always covered in dirt from head-to-toe. At a young age, I knew I would forever love this sport and the memories that went along with it. I grew up watching my dad win many races at our home track and after he retired, my brothers then started their career. 

 I was at the track just about every weekend once my brothers started racing and my dad decided he wanted to give me a shot. I can say, CLEARLY, driving was not for me. One full season of junior sprints and following my brother around after he lapped me every race, I realized that being a fan and involved outside of the cockpit was where I played the biggest role.

As my brothers progressed from micros, to midgets and to sprint cars, I chased my own dreams of playing softball throughout high school and two years of college. In the last four years, I have received my Associates and Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and in the process of getting my masters and teaching credential. 

3 years ago, I was lucking enough to meet my boyfriend, Drew, who introduced me to the traveling aspect of racing. With that, my love for it grew even more. I have traveled to Tulsa, Knoxville, Ohio and look forward to many more in the future. I have built many lifelong friendships along the way, including Natalie and I. Being a part of racing and its community, is something that I will cherish forever. I was born and raised around this sport and it will always be an important part in my life.

I am so happy to take this passion and work with Natalie and her new business, Speed Media!

 

 

Max Hart- Videographer

Growing up I became interested in photography as well as videography. I started making my own videos for fun and expanded, going into YouTube. I grew to the point where I had a YouTube channel with several friends reviewing exotic and high end luxury cars. From that I have been asked to do videos in Real Estate, videos on private jets, as well as car dealers asking me to do videos on their inventory. Some of the companies I have worked with include, Luxury Auto Collection, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, Launch Real Estate, 101 Motors to name a few. 

Through my years of experience I have learned the importance of branding a product and making it unique and eye catching to the customers. My company MHART Productions specializes in high quality photography and video production. I am FAA drone certified, and film with top of the line equipment. I love filming videos and helping successful people brand and sell products. I am excited to be apart of the SPEED MEDIA team and I look forward to future collaborations. 

Link to MHART Productions Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mhart_productions/


Katie Buttera- Designer

I am that quintessential sunshiny southern California girl. But I threw a wrench in the program when I transplanted to Indianapolis in 2015 following that thing we all can't get enough of, race cars. My family has deep roots in drag racing but my grandfather wasn't a one trick pony. We successfully fielded sprint cars, land speed cars, and raced in the prestigious Indianapolis 500. You could say if I didn't like racing, I'd be weird.

Following in my family's fabricator reputation, I have honed my skills of using my hands. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Sculpture in 2018. In 2018 I also founded my business Apple Girl Art where I create one of a kind jewelry and sculptures mostly with a racing theme. I am that girl who gets super stoked about burnt up or broken parts because in my head I can see it welded to something else.

I look forward to working with Natalie and SPEED MEDIA to help clients have the coolest of cool graphics and designs.

Link to Apple Girl Art- https://applegirlart.com