Technical jobs aren't the only opportunities in the NASCAR garage. Here, public relations
Gordon Gibbs, a chassis specialist and car chief, grew up in Port Orange, Florida, and moved to Mooresville some years ago and now works for Hendrick Motorsports, helping to get Kyle Busch going in the early years of his career.
Other hot spots for talent are the Northeast and the Modified divisions, where the competition director for Bill Davis Racing, Tommy Baldwin hails from. And then there is the Midwest, where so much racing goes on. A lot of talent has been born there. Some racers even trek from as far away as California to become members of professional racing teams in North Carolina.
Bob has relationships with all of the top teams, including all of the Nextel Cup, Busch, Craftsman Truck, Hooters Pro Cup, and ARCA teams. Because he has this close relationship and the trust of the owners and managers, he can influence your selection if you are the right candidate for the job.
Bob even founded area softball and flag football leagues for race team members. This further enhances his presence in and among the teams. By being a respected member of this community, he has gained the trust and confidence of the people you need to know.
All positions are available from time to time, but it depends on a team's immediate needs. Positions may be created where none existed before, new teams come along, and people leave and create a void that must be filled.
Crews in NASCAR are often under the gun to deliver quality work in a short period of time.
Bob says, "Right now, with the COT coming along for full-time competition in 2008, the teams need people who are experienced in setting up the cars. Whereas over the past 10 years most of the focus has been on aerodynamics, with the fixed body shape of the COT, more attention is now being brought to the mechanical grip issues. Handling and setup balance is now where the focus has gone. Mechanical engineers are needed more than aero engineers."
If you have had serious thoughts about working for a professional team, be sure to do an honest evaluation to determine if it is right for you. Contact RCR and submit your resume. You'll be provided an honest evaluation as to your likelihood of being hired by a team.
If you are a fan and have no previous experience with a racing team, it's going to be hard, if not impossible. But magic does happen if the desire is strong enough. Bob tells me he tries to determine the ambition of the applicant as well as the skill level. Persistence and drive can make up for a lot of inexperience.
Employers can teach skills, but they know they cannot make a person passionate about their profession. And passion is what racing is all about. If you have it, go for it. Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done. It's all up to you. Good luck, and good hunting.