Lisa Jones Smokstad (born September 6, 1969) is an American tire specialist. She has been employed by multiple-champion NASCAR race car team Hendrick Motorsports since 1999, and has worked for various drivers.
Smokstad was born on September 6, 1969 in Shakopee, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Ellis and Pat Jones. Smokstad began participating in gymnastics and competed in the sport until her early teenage years. She worked as a child advocate in Minnesota's courtrooms. While enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Smokstad found work doing concessions at Raceway Park in 1990 which she did during the weekends. The job was secured by one of her friends with whom she attended gymnastic class with. Smokstad said in 2006 that she had not originally intended for an auto racing career: "When I went to college I didn't think I'd be dirty four days a week." It was where she met her husband Craig, whom she married in 1993. She obtained the job as she was the only member of her family who could understand tire fractions. In 1992, Smokstad graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Her career began when she overheard race car driver Ken Schrader was planning to start a new short-track team and required a tire specialist. Smokstad and her husband accepted the position and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. When two race teams merged in 1999, she was required to look for a new job because Schrader wanted a tire specialist with more experience. He advised her not to send a résumé to Hendrick Motorsports because of her gender. However, she was asked by Jack Sprague and his crew chief Dennis Conner to join Hendrick Motorsports as their tire specialist. That same year, he won the Craftsman Truck Series; the experience strengthened Smokstad's loyalty to team and garnered her admiration for its founder Rick Hendrick. She later worked with various drivers who raced for Hendrick Motorsports. Smokstad coached a gymnastics team while not working in auto racing. She gave birth to her daughter, RaElla, on August 30, 2007. She and fellow crew member Zach Miller were awarded the Cup Series "Consistently Smooth" Tire Specialist Award in 2009. Smokstad was promoted by Hendrick Motorsports in 2010 to focus on strategizing and tire testing.
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