Tony Gardea



After a collegiate career pursuing his love of stick and ball sports both on and off the field, Tony was exposed to the uniquely captivating world of motorsports after taking a post-graduate job with stadium off-road racing organizer Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group in 1991. His newfound passion for the sport signified the beginning of what has grown to over 20 years of experience in auto racing promotions.

Tony’s focus and expertise in the field of public relations and marketing has immersed him in the competitive disciplines of supercross and motocross, stadium off-road racing, personal watercraft [jet ski] racing and more. During his tenure, Tony has witnessed the all-encompassing power of the computer, endured the ever-growing dependence of cellular telephones, and casually partook in the demise of the fax machine…the latter of which Tony thought he “couldn’t live without” and would “be here forever.”

Along the way, Tony has forged excellent relationships within the powersports and greater racing industry, which ultimately led to the formation of Next Level Sports Management in 2004. Over the past decade, Next Level has transformed from a Little Engine That Could group of aspiring young enthusiasts to a collection of overachievers who collaborate to develop successful programs and marketing initiatives for its A-list clients, cementing the company’s status as one of the premier agencies in a continually growing segment of the sporting world.