ABOUTSunday Group Management utilizes team members with creativity, drive, and a diverse skill set. Founded in 2003 by Matt Cleary after a successful effort as head of Competition Public Relations for the then-thriving Skip Barber Racing School, Sunday Group Management has steadily grown based on the firm’s strong network of relationships, remarkable work ethic, integrity, consistent follow through, and high-quality written content. With clients that include race teams, event sponsors, and race drivers, Sunday Group has established a reputation for excellence.
Matt Cleary, PresidentArmed with a degree in Literature from Hamilton College, Matt jumped head first into the real world. Soon after completing his Management Training program, he landed a job at Skip Barber Racing School. That interview included being tossed the keys to a Viper for him to show what he could do behind the wheel. Fortunately, it went well.
Open to opportunity and quickly absorbing new responsibilities at every turn, Cleary moved up to head the marketing efforts at Lime Rock Park, selling tickets, sponsorship, hospitality and overseeing event management.
A move to the IndyCar ranks saw him join the traveling circus to focus on a different aspect of the sport, managing and developing partnerships to focus on creating value for those involved. Cleary also gained experience on the hospitality side of the sport as well as working as an instructor for Skip Barber Racing School’s SPG programs before starting Sunday Group. Cleary has also played the part of journalist, writing for Autosport, RACER Magazine, Formula Car Magazine, and SPEED.Com.
Sunday Group has worked with clients in NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, World Challenge, American Flat Track, ARCA, and even karting.
Fun Fact: Despite maintaining a perfect record of losses in Pinewood Derby competition, Cleary earned his Eagle Scout badge on the final day that he was eligible for the honor, foreshadowing his usually positive reaction to deadlines.
Maddie Komar, Account & Brand ManagerBeing a part of racing was inevitable for Maddie as she grew up at the race track watching her dad race cars which transitioned into her racing karts for nine years. As she attended University of Colorado at Boulder, Maddie began to pursue a career in motorsports. The summer after her Freshman year of college (2012) Maddie pursued an internship with IndyCar team, Andretti Autosport as a Public Relations and Client Services intern, also being a part of the team's season championship win with Ryan Hunter-Reay. Maddie then pursued several other internships at, National Speedway Directory (Chicago), Influence Associates (UK), and RaceTech Magazine (UK). Maddie's most recent internship brought her to Salzburg, Austria where she worked at as a public relations company taking care for European Formula 3 drivers' PR.
Once graduated, Maddie worked at Philadelphia company Turn5 Inc., as a social media and Public Relations Coordinator working for American Muscle and Extreme Terrain. Maddie first joined Sunday Group Management in 2016 at the IMSA season finale at Petit Le Mans, which also saw Meyer Shank Racing win the team’s final race in Daytona Prototype competition. Maddie is currently working as a Communications Coordinator and on point for Meyer Shank Racing and TeamTGM as well as assisting with several other Sunday Group clients.
Amy Greenway, Series ManagerAmy’s path to motorsport is a bit unconventional compared to her SMG colleagues. Graduating from Ball State University with a BA degree in Advertising from the Journalism Department, Amy began her professional career in radio, writing and voicing radio commercials, creating promotions and designing client-focused campaigns. It was there, she was introduced to racing by the local and national programming that the station managed for ESPN and other Talk Radio stations. In a true trial by fire, Amy filled in last minute for a local 30-minute racing talk show as the host. Since she had minimal racing knowledge, she focused on the media, marketing and advertising side of motorsports from a fan’s prospective. After hearing the show, the local short-track owner offered her a job overseeing the track’s event planning and marketing, selling tickets and sponsorship, planning and designing advertising campaigns and overseeing community outreach and hospitality along with planning specialized race-night events.
Her outsider’s approach to motorsport brand management gained her recognition from the nation’s largest sanctioning body, the Sports Car Club of America. SCCA Pro Racing was debuting a new formula racing concept to the United States (F4 U.S Championship) and added a position for a Communications Director. She accepted the opportunity and from there helped launch the most successful F4 program in the world. After the success of F4, Amy worked closely with ACCUS and the FIA to launch F3 Americas in the United States. Her tenacity, forward thinking and get-things-done attitude, brought her to join SMG in March 2019 as the Race Series Media Relations Manager for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires®.
Diane Swintal, Event CommunicationsThe daughter of parents who regularly spent their date nights at sprint car races, California native Diane Swintal watched her first Indianapolis 500 at age 10 and was instantly hooked. When her inability to navigate trigonometry thwarted her plan to become an engineer, an “A” for her Intro to Engineering report on Apollo 13 triggered a new plan: to become a writer. Armed with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California, Diane worked for several public relations agencies before signing on to work in motorsports public relations with American Honda.
After several years, Diane decided to head in a different direction, managing marketing and client relations for Hatch Design Group, a prominent restaurant design firm. But the racing bug was impossible to escape, and when the International Motor Sports Association came calling, Diane became the IMSA Development Series public relations coordinator. In 2013, she became the PR coordinator for DeltaWing Racing in the American Le Mans Series (now the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), and in 2014 also began working for Andersen Promotions and the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires as PR coordinator. Diane joined Sunday Group Management in 2016 to support clients in IMSA WeatherTech as well as the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA. When she’s not in a hotel, Diane lives in Irvine, California with husband Jim, a racing official and renowned motorsports artist.
J.J. O’Malley, Outreach SpecialistJ.J. O’Malley has a long and distinguished career in the sport, having served as news editor for Chris Economaki at National Speed Sport News; six years as assistant sports editor at the Pocono Record, and 33 years with ISC/NASCAR, including 14 years as Director of Communications at Watkins Glen International as well as working with Homestead-Miami Speedway, ISC Publications, GRAND-AM and IMSA. He is also a contributor to Edgeset Marketing, Racer.com and AFT events.
The Pennsylvania native has also added to the motorsports literary scene, having written “Daytona 24 Hours,” the definitive history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, for David Bull publishing. O’Malley just completed his most recent project, “Expect to Win,” exploring the remarkable run of success for Action Express Racing in IMSA WeatherTech competition.
Since joining Sunday Group in March, O’Malley has worked diligently to expand the organization’s outreach efforts with placements in each track’s local market newspapers & radio as well as frequent appearances on Speed City Austin and earning story placement in event programs for Sunday Group clients.
Paige Grimmer, Digital Content CuratorA former Dr. Michael J. Cleary intern, Paige Grimmer joins the Sunday Group Management team full-time in 2020. Grimmer attended the University of Louisville graduating in December 2019 with a Bachelors of Science. Motorsports has been ingrained in Grimmer from birth. Growing up in Indianapolis she was interested in IndyCar and specifically the Indianapolis 500. That passion pushed her to apply for a public relations and marking internship position for Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 Month of May. Grimmer has worked with the SGM team for two summers (2018, 2019) growing her knowledge and skill set in public relations sector of the motorsports industry.
Grimmer currently creates and strategizes client's digital content across all forms of social media as well as managing media tracking for all SGM clients.
Alex Slupski, VideographerAlex Slupski's first memories of visiting a racetrack with his dad built the foundation for him to become involved in the racing industry. His chosen career path of being a motorsports videographer combined his passions of racing and videography. Alex first began shooting video in 2014 and has continued to develop his skill set with experience shooting commercials and films as a camera assistant for clients such as Mercedes, Hagerty Insurance, and Rooms To Go.
Alex joined Sunday Group in 2017 expanding the services offered by SGM to include high-quality video production. Alex is responsible for producing, shooting and editing content for SGM clients including Stoner Car Care and Motorsports In Action.
When not at a racetrack, Alex attends the University of North Florida where he will graduate with a bachelor’s in advertising in 2021.
Erin Cechal, Account Manager
Erin Cechal grew up attending races at Road America, so it wasn't long before she started racing go-karts. Her dreams of becoming the next American F1 superstar were dashed when she realized she wasn’t that fast. Luckily, her karting experience got her foot in the door for an internship at Road America where she worked in the communications department for the 2003 - 2005 seasons. After acquiring her B.A. in Journalism, she was hired as a public relations specialist by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in 2006. She briefly worked for an international motorsports marketing firm before joining the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) public relations team in 2011.
Following two years with ALMS, Erin decided it was time to venture off on her own and work for motorsports clients as an independent contractor including with Sunday Group Management as the account manager for Mazda MX-5 Cup.
Dr. Michael J. Cleary Summer InternSunday Group Management is pleased to offer the Dr. Michael J. Cleary summer internship program. Named after Sunday Group’s President, Matt Cleary’s late father, Michael, who was a strong advocate for creating opportunity as well as for converting opportunity into results, the internship program gives college students exposure into motorsports public relations.
If you are interested in applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Dr. Michael J. Cleary Summer Intern”