New Jersey native Pete Nowak has been named the new executive chef of The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway, America's premier motorsports membership club.

"We're thrilled to add Pete and his unique talents as our new executive chef," said George Kail, executive director of The Speedway Club. "We look forward to showcasing our new fall menus offering Pete's creativity and culinary expertise. Our new menus will feature low-country cooking, southern favorites, steaks and seafood, all with Pete's culinary flair and presentation."

Nowak received his associate of occupational studies degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C., where he graduated cum laude. He has nearly 20 years experience working in the hospitality industry including premier resorts, private clubs and fine dining establishments.

"I'm looking forward to elevating the dining and catering experience with the talents of our entire staff and our new menus," said Nowak. "We have members, race fans and corporate clients coming from 50 states and we plan on delivering the best food and hospitality available to them, anywhere."

Most recently, Nowak was the executive chef at the prestigious Peninsula Club in Cornelius, N.C., where he managed a staff of more than 30 people. He currently lives in Mooresville, N.C., with his wife Stephanie and two daughters.

Nowak will debut a new menu this Saturday, Oct. 1, featuring traditional southern items with a twist such as low country shrimp and grits with jumbo shrimp sautéed with tasso, peppers and onions, tossed in a Creole cream and served over yellow stone-ground grit cakes. He'll also unveil some Cajun-inspired plates including the bourbon peach pork chop, a 10 ounce grilled pork chop with a bourbon peach glaze, corn risotto, wilted arugula and Tabasco onions.

"We're going to go with a low-country, southern flair when it comes to the dishes served in The Speedway Club," said Nowak. "We have a terrific line-up of dinner, lunch and catering menus we are set to roll-out, all inspired by my time in Charleston."

Opened in 1988, The Speedway Club was the first exclusive members-only private club to be constructed at a motorsports facility. Today, The Speedway Club hosts numerous events in its banquet and dining facilities including weddings, business meetings and holiday parties. During May Race Weeks, it serves more than 28,000 meals. The Speedway Club is open for lunch and dinner, and now offers brunch on Sundays.

Located on the fifth and sixth floors of Smith Tower, the club overlooks the 1.5-mile superspeedway, offering prime views of the races while providing quality food and top-notch customer service.

For more information on The Speedway Club or to make a reservation, visit www.gospeedwayclub.com or call 704-455-3216.