In this edition of “Five Minutes With,” we get to know a little more about Todd Armstrong, who was appointed managing director of NASCAR Automotive Group in October 2010. Armstrong has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket business, including the past 13 at NASCAR Automotive Group and the past seven as the director of account management for the business. Prior to his career at NASCAR, Armstrong served in various roles with Parts Plus in Memphis, Tenn., and Auto Source in Indianapolis, Ind. A native of Indianapolis, Armstrong, 42, is a graduate of Miami University. He and his wife Shannon and their three children reside in Huntersville, N.C.
What was your first job in the industry?
Working for Auto Source in Indianapolis, Ind., as an assistant buyer.
What do you like best about your current position?
The opportunity to work closely and strategically with a variety of different companies. I’m also a sports nut and a race fan, so I enjoy that part of it too!
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
No. I fell into it by accident (first job out of college). What keeps me in the industry are the great people and relationships I’ve made over the years.
What one word best sums up your personality?
What are you currently reading?
“Linchpin” by Seth Godin.
What do you do when not at work?
Play tennis and spend a lot of time with our three kids, going to their various sports events.
Roger Staubach and A.J. Foyt.