Events Postponed Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Earlier Tuesday, Governor Reynolds announced a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency effective through March 31. This means events of more than 10 people are prohibited.

This currently affects several of our shows including: The Gun Show, The Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show, The Midwest Antique Show, and any private rentals.

The Gun Show and Midwest Antique Show have been postponed, and makeup dates for those events will be announced in the future.

The Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show planned for March 28-29 has been canceled. There is no plan to reschedule the show currently.

We are working with the affected shows on a case-by-case basis to do what is best for show promoters, our guests, and our staff. Moving forward, Hawkeye Downs will continue to follow local and federal officials’ guidance to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus.

Our website and social media will be updated with event information as changes continue and more information becomes available.

Full Time Race Director To Be Hired

We are now accepting applications for the Race Director position!

Job Description:

Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Administration
Employment Status: Full-Time
Pay: Base Salary + Commission


Position Overview:

During race season, this position is the primary person responsible for ensuring the success of racing events through effective logistics and relationship management.

During the off season, this position is responsible for sponsorships sales contributing to the overall organizational budget

Job Duties

  • Maintain relationships with outside organizations & individuals and act as point of contact for any race-related issues, including but not limited to:
    • Area Ambulance Service, Fire Rescue & emergency services
    • Drivers
    • Little Racers Club
    • Other racetrack promoters/directors
  • Recruit, hire, schedule and manage part time staff/volunteers needed for racing events, including but not limited to:
    • Racing officials & announcers
    • Front & Back Gate staff
    • Security
  • Design, implement and coordinate sponsorship sales strategy (with Executive Director)
  • Establish and maintain annual sponsorship budget (with Executive Director)
  • Mediate disagreements between competitors and/or track officials
  • Set annual racing schedule (with input from Race Promoter & Media Manager)
  • Review and approve rules for all car classes, with focus on distribution of rules as early as possible for upcoming season
  • Act as on site point of contact for all questions or concerns at race events, acting as a first response to emergencies related to racing events
  • Establish and maintain annual racing budget as part of overall organizational budget (with final approval of Executive Director & board of directors)
  • Determine merchandise sales plan (with input from Media Manager)
  • Assist with creation of promotional plan for race season
  • Track rentals of items like radios, computers, tablets, etc. used for racing events
  • Ensure track is maintained and prepared for each racing event (with assistance of maintenance staff)
  • Set weekly race night schedules
  • Set purse amounts for each race
  • Assist with planning of annual race banquet

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Jenn Draper at jenn.draper@hawkeyedowns.org.

Internships Available for 2020

As we embark on our 95th year of operation, Hawkeye Downs is looking for two interns. These paid internships will serve as a great learning opportunity for people looking to go into sports management or event planning.

Events Intern

This position assists with preparation and implementation of events held in Hawkeye Downs North/South Expo Halls, as well as throughout our grounds, during the summer.

Racing Intern

This position assists with preparation and implementation of race events throughout the summer.

To apply for one of these internships, please email your resume to: jenn.draper@hawkeyedowns.org

Tentative Schedule Announced

Going into the 95th season, the tentative racing schedule has been announced for 2020. While more details will be released as we get closer, the schedule is going to be bigger and better than last year.

Enduros were popular among drivers and fans last year, so the number of events has been increased. This includes the addition of a road course scheduled for June 13th.

The regular season will kick off with the season opener on May 1st, and will conclude with Fan Appreciation & Season Finale on August 21st. The action does not stop there, however, with several more racing events slated in the fall.

Tentative 2020 Schedule

Saturday, March 14th – 200 lap Enduro

Friday, May 1st – 95th Season Opener
Friday, May 8th – Weekly Racing
Saturday, May 9th – 200 lap Enduro
Friday, May 15th – Weekly Racing
Friday, May 22nd – Weekly Racing w/ AIRS
Friday, May 29th – Weekly Racing w/ Big 8 Series

Friday, June 5th – Weekly Racing w/ AIRS
Friday, June 12th – Weekly Racing
Saturday, June 13th – Enduro Road Course
Friday, June 19th – Weekly Racing
Friday, June 26th – Racing w/ Mid-Am & Midwest Compact

Friday, July 10th – Wall of Fame Night w/ AIRS
Friday, July 17th – Weekly Racing
Friday, July 24th – Weekly Racing w/ AIRS
Friday, July 31st – Weekly Racing

Friday, August 7th – Weekly Racing
Friday, August 14th – Weekly Racing w/ AIRS
Friday, August 21st – Season Finale & Fan Appreciation
Saturday, August 22nd – 200 lap Enduro

Saturday, September 12th – 200 lap Enduro

Saturday, October 17th – 200 lap Enduro


Stay tuned on social media and our website for added events and details on current ones. This includes SPI Outlaw Street Drags and other racing events.