Charlie Swayne - General Manager
Austinite Charlie Swayne came to Iron Rock Raceway after accomplishing what many kart racers still aspire to do: win in more publicized racing series such as Open Wheel Formula cars, Grand Touring endurance sports cars and Open Wheel Winged Midgets. There isn't a more knowledgeable guy to manage Iron Rock Raceway - as many of our members already know.
When barely out of kindergarten, Charlie was already racing Quarter Midgets in Texas and around the nation. At 14, he was approved to race Half Midgets and Winged Modified Midgets, won several championships and still holds many track records. At 16, Charlie was one of the youngest drivers to compete in National and Professional level Sports Car of America and US Auto Club open-wheel formula car racing. By 18, he had won the 1999 MTP Russell Racing Series National Championship, a Formula F2000 Road Racing series.
Charlie has been with Iron Rock Raceway when it began as an idea and now oversees all operations at Iron Rock Raceway. His goal is to create an affordable first-class kart racing facility and introduce this new motorsport to Austin. Even though Charlie stays busy with Iron Rock tasks, he's a tough competitor on the track and the "go to" guy off the track.
"Superkarting is an affordable way to compete professionally in motorsports," he points out. "Karting puts everyone on an even playing field and allows raw talent to shine through."
Graham Peace - Pro Shop and Finance
Originally from South Africa, Graham came to Austin ten years ago. He started his karting career through the old indoor raceway, RPM, in Round Rock. As RPM closed down and Iron Rock opened, it was only natural for him to move his talents to the south side of Austin. Although working at Iron Rock Raceway requires a lot of multi-tasking, Graham's knowledge of kart parts and finance has made him a priceless part of the company. Graham's double duty sees him managing all accounts, but also switching gears when finalizing kart sales or parts.
Graham's greatest talent will always be financing, but he likes to let go and occasionally get some seat time. If he's not working or driving, he's watching Formula One.
"Who wouldn't want to be a racecar driver?," Graham asks. "Iron Rock can help make that happen. Even if it's just for ten minutes in a rental kart. But the real experience is flying one inch off the ground in a 125cc Shifter."
Liz Ivey - Marketing & Promotions
Liz came to Iron Rock by chance, but found a great home here. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations. Iron Rock gave her a launching pad in Marketing & Public Relations and she has taken off with it. Her prior experience with PR & Advertising firms made her the perfect fit for Iron Rock Raceway. Like everyone else, she does a multitude of tasks for Iron Rock and is a valuable part of the team.
Although she didn't know much about karting when she started working here, she has made Iron Rock more than a job. And her skills on the track are tough to beat too! Karting is like life - it just takes a little bit of persistence and determination.
"Everyone needs a starting ground," she says. "I was once that person that didn't know the difference between a Rotax or a TAG. It has been a whole new world that opened up to me. Iron Rock Raceway really caters to beginning and professional drivers alike."