New NASCAR president pays $2.25M for home in Winter Park's the Vias

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The newly-named president of NASCAR paid $2.25 million last week for a custom home in the Vias neighborhood of Winter Park, according to a deed recorded Wednesday in Orange County.

Records show that Brent Dewar and his wife, Carolina M. Nakiri, bought the 4,309-square-foot house from John Carroll Starling and his wife, Meghan Marja Starling. Dewar and Nakiri secured a $900,000 mortgage on the home from Goldman Sachs Bank

Dewar, who could not be reached for comment, was promoted in mid-July from his job as NASCAR chief operating officer, and is now only the fourth person to hold the position of president in the 69-year history of the stock car racing organization.

He became the racing outfit’s COO in December 2013 after serving three decades as a global auto executive, most of that time with General Motors.

NASCAR said in a recent press release announcing the promotion that Dewar “currently resides with his family in Winter Park.” The organization declined to comment for this story. 

Located on Tom Gurney Drive, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home built in 2012 sits on a 0.33-acre lot. The home features hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown molding, designer light fixtures and high-end finishes. 

The great room is open to the kitchen and features three sets of French doors that open to an outdoor living area with a summer kitchen. A covered lanai makes opens to a heated saltwater pool, spa and vegetable garden in the backyard. 

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France, in an interview with Autoweek magazine, said Dewar lead a “cultural transformation” at the racing empire.

“From collaborating with owners to building the charter framework; to partnering with tracks, manufacturers, entitlement sponsors and broadcasters to deliver better racing and a more dynamic fan experience,” Dewar “spearheaded some of the most impactful enhancements in NASCAR history,” France said in the article.

As vice president of GM’s Global Chevrolet, Dewar oversaw four regions and 130 markets. A confirmed “car guy” according to his Twitter biography, Dewar has had a love affair with Corvettes since his teens. At Chevrolet, he realized a dream by overseeing the launch of the sixth-generation Corvette. He also guided development of the Volt electric car.

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