Archive for the ‘Careers in Motorsports’ category

Racing Jobs Around the Track

April 27th, 2012

Over the next few days we’ll be posting some racing job descriptions that are open right now (you can apply for them today!) and/or are great future careers in racing that you can set your sights on. A motorsports education isn’t necessarily required for these racing jobs, but it would give you a great leg up on the competition.

NASCAR has quite a few full-time and part-time racing job openings, including racing internships. Some of the entries include:

As a Multimedia Marketing Assistant in this fast paced atmosphere, responsibilities include:
• Provide professional administrative support to the department.
• Assist the Multimedia Team with souvenir program business.
• Schedule appointments, conferences, and travel.
• Work with the Accounting Department on Accounts Receivable for the Multimedia Department.
• Maintain media and billing contracts.
• Create documents, letters and correspondence in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Associate’s Degree or higher preferred with a minimum of 2 years administrative professional experience. Experience in the ad agency, media, sports or entertainment industries highly preferred. The ideal candidate must be able to multitask, be well organized with attention to detail, and demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.


Software Engineer – NASCAR (Daytona Beach, FL)

NASCAR is searching for a talented professional to join our team in the position of Software Engineer. Based at our premier new headquarters in Daytona Beach, the Software Engineer will be responsible for creating a conceptual and detailed design, writing code based on conceptual descriptions of the business logic.

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Developing software based on the description of the business logic.

• Making enhancements to existing programs.

• Database programming

Required skills/experience:

• Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and three years experience in the software packages is required:
o Experience in Silverlight / WCF
o SQL Server 2008
o Active Reports – Data Dynamics

NASCAR offers an exciting fast-paced environment with competitive pay and outstanding benefits including 401(k) eligibility after working 30 days.


NASCAR Media Group is searching for a talented professional to join our team in the position of Broadcast Engineer in Charlotte, NC. The position will be responsible performing engineering maintenance and repairs as well as video feed operations in the television broadcast plant.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Perform preventive maintenance on existing broadcast equipment.

• Perform troubleshooting and repair on defective equipment and assist with video programming feeds.

• Assist other engineers performing similar functions in a team environment.

• Assist with parts inventories, cable pulling and equipment installation.

• 1% travel.
Qualifications include the following:

• Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or a minimum of 2 years related Broadcast Maintenance Engineering experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.
• The ideal candidate must have the ability to multi-task, be well-organized with attention to detail, and demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.

Case Study: Another Layer of Confidence in Quality and Speed

April 14th, 2012

Here’s a great article from Quality Magazine about motorsports engineering and applied careers in racing for those of you looking to work on the manufacturing side of motorsports.

Case Study: Another Layer of Confidence in Quality and Speed
by Michael Gibbons
April 6, 2012

Corvette ALMS race car at the 12 Hours of Sebring race on March 19, 2011 in Florida. Source: General Motors.
With tighter tolerances and increased customer requirements, Pratt & Miller turns to Zeiss quality inspection solutions.
The CONTURA G2 10/12/6 with VAST active scanning was the best solution for Pratt & Miller’s new and growing requirements. Source: Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

Customers know they can count on Pratt & Miller Engineering (New Hudson, MI) to quickly get quality products over the finish line. While Pratt & Miller is well known for its commitment to motorsports—with design, fabrication and testing services on display through the General Motors factory American LeMans Series Corvette Racing and SCCA World Challenge Cadillac Racing teams—it is much more. Pratt & Miller provides cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing solutions for clients in the motorsports, automotive, aerospace, commercial and military industries.

Pratt & Miller started out as a small motorsports engineering and fabrication shop when it opened its doors in 1989, and has grown into an innovative solutions provider spanning several industry sectors. Since 2009, Pratt & Miller has doubled its total sales stemming from both existing and new customer orders. With the addition of new employees, less time to manage customer orders, tighter tolerances and increased customer requirements it needed a more advanced quality inspection solution.

In March of 2011, Pratt & Miller installed a Zeiss (Maple Grove, MN) CMM in its quality inspection lab to help meet those needs. The company had analyzed key factors, such as part volume sizes, target tolerances and available floor space, to determine that the CONTURA G2 10/12/6 with VAST active scanning would be the best solution for its new and growing requirements. Pratt & Miller chose the VAST XT sensor for its fast scanning speed, allowing the company to gather more data and get better information.

Prior to the Zeiss CMM, Pratt & Miller was measuring parts with several different sized portable measuring arms and various hand tools, including micrometers, bore and height gages. However, the company needed increased turnaround, repeatability and accuracy to meet its new targeted tolerances. Manual measurement with the portable measuring arms and hand gages required consistent technique to get consistent numbers and that was very difficult. Internal design tolerances were reaching 2 ten-thousandths-of-an-inch and some of its customers had tolerances of five microns on certain dimensions. With some pre-production runs increasing in size—with hundreds of a particular kind—repeatable results were critical.

The majority of the parts that Pratt & Miller inspects are prototypes, such as clutch plates for electronically controlled limited slip differentials, suspension components for military vehicles and racecar chassis components. During development, these parts go through several revisions with the customer and have increasingly critical tolerances as they get closer to the finished, production stage.

Spindles for the various race programs, including Corvette Racing and Cadillac Racing, are examples of some of the more complicated parts that Pratt & Miller designs and manufactures internally. These parts, often referred to as life-critical parts, are especially important and must be thoroughly measured. Spindles are measured on the CMM several times—initially during first article inspection, just before they leave for outside processing, a sampling when they return after heat treatment, and then one more final inspection after grinding operations are complete.

“Some more complicated parts, such as hubs, can take up to two months from start to finish, including all of the outside processing steps, which account for well over half of the processing time, and their associated inspection,” explains Frank Wilson, quality assurance manager at Pratt & Miller. Speed and repeatable accuracy are critical to keeping long lead parts such as these on the tight timelines required by motorsports, as well as other industry sectors Pratt & Miller has expanded into. About 12 parts a day on average are measured using the Zeiss CONTURA G2, which includes re-inspection of used parts, however, daily volume fluctuates significantly depending on current manufacturing programs and can be in excess of 100 parts some days.

The CONTURA G2 is saving Pratt & Miller a significant amount of time with its inspections. For example, inspection time for an upright was reduced from two hours with the manual gages to 20 minutes with the Zeiss CMM. The company also can measure all locations and sizes on the part with only one measurement tool, versus 10 to 20.

Frank Wilson measuring clutch plates for a limited slip differential. Source: Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

The CONTURA G2 has been getting more use than expected recently because of increased awareness of its capabilities. Pratt & Miller even had to get a second set of fixturing to prepare other parts waiting to be inspected. All operators are up to speed on the CALYPSO metrology software programs and Pratt & Miller has received a lot more high-tolerance orders due to its new capabilities. “The local service and support has been great in helping us maximize our CMM use,” says Wilson.

One surprise Pratt & Miller had was when it decided to use the CONTURA G2 to measure the suspension setup gages for racecars to better understand their impact on setup variations. In an effort to maximize setup consistency and performance, these gages were measured to determine the effect of assembly tolerance stack-ups on the accuracy of the gage. The CMM allowed the company to quickly find where improvements could be made.

One of the most beneficial features of the CALYPSO metrology software for Pratt & Miller has been the graphical outputs. The company can now visually examine circularity and true position to locate and rework high spots into tolerance. “We couldn’t do this before. This visualization helps me quickly show coworkers what is happening versus having to draw multiple sketches,” states Wilson. “It helps us to avoid frustration and it gives us a much stronger handle on quality. For example, sometimes a part’s edge can become ‘tri-ovaled’ due to pressure from the chuck jaws. This part may be within specifications, but there is still room for improvement and the graphical visuals help us communicate that need.” Another benefit has been the mirror feature in CALYPSO, which they realized was excellent for dealing with left and right components on race cars. In some instances, it has saved Pratt & Miller a day’s worth of programming time.

“The CONTURA is still new to us and we’re still realizing new ways to integrate it more and more into our environment,” says Wilson. “We still have a prototype environment and mentality, but we hope to do more statistical analyses with the CMM in the future.” While Pratt & Miller manufactures some part runs that number in the hundreds, the majority are small batches of approximately 20 pieces, some of which are quite intricate. One current benefit is that it helps the company monitor machining operations, such as determining if the end mill is wearing out towards the bottom, based on if a bore is being tapered.

As Pratt & Miller acquires new customers, it’s noticing more and more requirements, especially in the defense industry. Fortunately, the company’s specialty shop mindset has been adapting by adding new technologies and processes for these new requirements. Of course, Pratt & Miller still anticipates many more motorsport projects in addition to providing engineering support, including development of newer, green prototypes. If it keeps growing at its current rate, the company could need an additional CMM, and a second shift.

The CONTURA G2 has given Pratt & Miller a higher degree of confidence in its measurements and has improved communication with the graphical reports. “The CNC control automates part measurement, gives us complete confidence, and frees up our time to perform other tasks,” says Wilson. Customers often come to Pratt & Miller because they are in a crunch and need a quick turnaround. The CONTURA G2 increases throughput without rushing the job, something that could have led to errors in the past. “Once you see how much more accurate and repeatable the measurements are with the ZEISS CMM, you realize that it is invaluable. It adds another layer of confidence to our day,” says Wilson.

The original article can be read here.

Motorsports Education and Careers in Racing

February 5th, 2012

Congratulations on making the decision to learn more about getting a motorsports education and pursuing a career in racing!

You are entering a field that is in high demand – racing is an exciting industry that is constantly changing and growing, giving you a great chance at training for and finding a job in motorsports!

Every job and training opportunity is different – please explore the site to learn more about launching a motorsports education and career in racing!

Motorsports Engineering: Critical Components That Ensure Driver Safety

November 15th, 2011

Today, we’re sharing a video on racing safety – an extremely important, and constantly evolving, aspect of motorsports. If you’re interested in motorsports engineering or careers in racing, knowledge of the safety technology used in the sport is crucial. And, experience with technology and motorsports engineering is crucial to understanding and developing racing safety equipment.

Here’s a great video from Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, and other members of the JR Motorsports team talking about racing safety and the motorsports engineering it takes to develop those crucial components:

What do you think the most important piece of safety equipment is to drivers today? How has motorsports engineering helped to develop that?

Sample Job Description: Public Relations Coordinator

August 31st, 2011

Here’s an actual job description for a position at a major super speedway in the U.S. Even if you’re not ready to begin applying for jobs, it’s never too early to start crafting the perfect motorsports resume and knowing what your future dream job requires can help you to sift through the many internships, projects and jobs that will be available to you in the future!

We’ve highlighted some of the interesting parts of this job description in red so that we can make notes on it below.


XX Superspeedway is currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Public Relations department as a Coordinator. This position works closely with the Sr. Manager of Public Relations to promote XX Superspeedway through various platforms and facilitate media coverage during event weekends and track functions. Photographer and/or videographer experience is a plus.


  • Answer inquiries and obtain information for the general public and media
  • Assist Senior Manager of Public & Community Relations with press releases, press kits and fact sheets
  • Assist with media events at the facility and outside the facility
  • Oversee credential requests until temporary staff begins and then oversee credentials office during events
  • Manage Driver/Owner Motorhome Lot
  • Manage development and printing of media guide
  • Assist with development of souvenir program
  • Assist with Media Center and Press Box operations during event weekends
  • Manage Public Address staff and event announcements
  • Manage development and printing of event weekend printed materials (tickets, parking passes, etc)
  • Assist the department and track with special events, off site promotions and other activities
  • Photograph media events and promotions
  • Maintain photo archives and fulfill all photo requests
  • Maintain media archives and pull reports from Cision monitoring software
  • Assist with loading photo galleries and press releases to website
  • Manage charitable donation requests including distribution of complementary tickets
  • Produce monthly employee newsletter
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Manager Public and Community Relations


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and 1-2 years related experience in public relations, journalism or broadcast media
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe. Also requires proficiency in audio and video editing software, Internet-based website administrative tool and Photoshop
  • Ideal candidate must have impeccable writing skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks in an extremely fast-paced environment, be extremely organized and have an eye for detail.

Must be able to work weekends and extended hours.

You’ll notice that we highlighted a pretty fair amount of the Job Description. Most of those duties and requirements are typical of any public relations job, and some are typical of a sports public relations job.

Proficiency in Microsoft programs and Adobe is going to be expected for any position, but you’ll see many jobs in the future that deal with public relations, community relations, marketing or front office will encourage applicants to be familiar with video and photo functions. Working weekends and evenings is typical of many public relations jobs, especially in sports. As you probably know, working race day and the day before is going to be expected, so you’ll want to know that you’ll be giving up many weekends with a career in racing.

Dealing with the public, it is public relations after all, assisting media personally and creating publications and materials that help the media tell your story, and assisting with community relations will be expected in any public relations position. In sports or any high profile industry, interfacing with the public will take a lot more of your time than in other careers.

If you’re interested in a career in racing, it’s helpful to see what future employers expect of you. Hope you enjoyed this sample motorsports job description!

Careers in Racing Part Two: Creating the Perfect Motorsports Résumé

August 24th, 2011

This is the second in a series of posts about Careers in Racing and how to achieve your dream of working in the motorsports industry. Whether you’re interested in being a racecar driver, working in NASCAR garage or being in the front office, you can use the information from our Careers in Racing series to get you there!

One of the first and most obvious things you’ll need to do when applying for a racing job is create a resume. You probably already have one for internships, college application or real-world job, but I bet you haven’t thought about creating one online.

Having a web resume is one of the best ways of setting yourself apart from other applicants, and it will actually make it significantly easier to customize your resume when you go to apply for jobs. It also gives potential employers a way to get more in-depth information about you all in one place, and gives them a better feel for who you are beyond what you can put on paper. It also leaves you open to the possibility of getting noticed before jobs are even advertised or available – creating a pull effect instead of pushing your resume out to potential employers.

Creating your own website that will serve as a digital resume is surprisingly easy, cheap and painless. It should be simple, direct, well-edited and up-to-date, and you don’t need graphic design skills or loads of content. You’ll need three things to do this – a domain name, a web hosting company and a WordPress blog. Then, you’ll need to pick a WordPress theme and populate with content.

Check out the easy steps below for how to set it all up:

Step One – Purchasing a Domain Name and Web Host Services: We’re only going to cover one way of doing this because what we’ll describe is the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to go. Our web host, is a one-stop shop for hosting services, domain names and WordPress setup, covered in the next step. Hosting with BlueHost is extremely reasonable at $6.95 per month, paid for annually with one payment of $83.40. Most companies will charge you upwards of $10 per month, and you don’t get all the bells and whistles like you do with BlueHost. If you are willing to commit to two years with BlueHost, which I definitely recommend, you’ll pay only $5.95 a month with one payment of $142.80.

Your domain name, if possible, should be your While it’s important for most websites to have a .com name to show up in search engines, it won’t be that important in this case because you won’t be trying to rank for keywords. If you can’t get your full name, try adding something fun and simple like or Signing up for BlueHost has another immediate advantage – your domain name will be free! You’ll save yourself a little chunk of change by hosting through BlueHost here, too.

Step Two – Install WordPress: Like I said earlier, I will be covering how to complete these steps if you host through BlueHost because of the ease and simplicity of the process.

Once you login into your Control Panel, you’ll see a box labeled SimpleScripts Installations (see photo). One of the options will be WordPress – select that. Choose “Install WordPress” and then you’ll have a few options. Choose the stable version of WordPress, which should be selected already. The next option you should also leave at the default – your domain name with the ‘www’. The only Advanced Option you should change is the user name and password. Otherwise, the install will randomly generate a password for you, which isn’t as easy to remember. Then, agree to the Terms and Conditions and you’re ready to go! The install will be complete in a matter of a few minutes at the most.

Step Three – Configure WordPress: It’s really up to you how much you want to customize your site. I strongly believe that simplicity is key because your site won’t look outdated as it ages, and you won’t have to re-design it multiple times. It will also appeal to more people if it is not design heavy.

Three things you’ll want to do is change the name of your ‘blog’ under Settings: General. I also suggest turning off comments under Settings: Discussion. Under Themes, you’ll want to select a simple, basic theme without a heavy graphic presence. One that I like in particular is Elegant Grunge – you can check out a sample site with this theme on the website for Kristin Swartzlander, a racing social media and marketing consultant.

I also suggest creating a page under Pages labeled Home. Then, under Settings: Reading, select “Static Page: Home” for the Front Page Displays option. That way, you won’t have a blog for your front page that dates the content. You’ll have a simple welcome, like on, and the opportunity to host a blog, if that’s what you want, on another page.

Step Four – Add Résumé Content: Depending on how in-depth you want to get, you can add one additional page or multiple. To start out, you can copy and paste your current résumé onto a Bio or Résumé page, removing any personal information you don’t feel comfortable with sharing.

Simply including a list of completed school projects, updates on your Formula SAE team, job or internship experience and similar information will be plenty for viewers to keep up with on your site, and it’s a great way to add a personal level to what used to be a regular, one-dimensional résumé.

As always, please be sure to share only your basic information and not your address or phone number with the world for your personal safety.

Once you’ve created your personal website, feel free to share it in the comments section! And, of course, if you have questions please post below as well.

Careers in Racing Video: Kansas Speedway Q&A

August 19th, 2011

Before we post the second article in our Careers in Racing Series next Wednesday, check out this video of a press conference Q&A at Kansas Speedway with David Stremme, Brian Vickers, Jennifer Jo Cobb and and Jamie McMurray talking about their careers in racing and how they got there. It’s a very light video, not terribly in-depth, but it’s interesting to see how some of these drivers view their path to NASCAR and what helped them get there.

Careers in Racing Series: Finding and Prepping for a Racing Job

July 16th, 2011

We tuned in to an webinar recently entitled, “Working in Sports.” While the webinar went into deep detail on only a few topics, it inspired us to create a series of posts on careers in racing – how to achieve your goal of obtaining a motorsports career.

This series is going to cover a few topics on how to find and obtain a career in racing, and depending on the response and information available the topics may evolve and be explored more in depth. What we plan on covering is: searching for motorsports jobs, creating the perfect motorsports resume, networking in the racing industry, interviewing for racing jobs and other ways to get the experience you need for careers in racing, including internships.

When thinking about a career in racing, there are two things you need to think about: setting yourself up for a racing job and actually applying and obtaining a motorsports job. They require different actions, but both are essential for your job search if you are able.

We’ll talk more about the act of setting yourself up for a racing job in a future post, but in order to do so, you’ll have to know what future employers are looking for in a new hire. That’s why it’s important to do these searches well in advance of looking for a job. When you know what the employer wants, you can build your resume in that direction.

For example, let’s say you do a search for job listings for race teams and see that most of the posting require you to know AutoCad. Now you know that you will need to have AutoCad training before applying for these jobs perhaps a year or two down the road, so you can begin your education now instead of when you actually need that job.

So let’s talk about the actual search process. In order to find the jobs you’re interested in applying to, you’ll have to do quite a bit of varied searching. One of the best tools out there is Indeed will search a broad range of job descriptions without giving you some of the more spam-like postings you’ll get on Monster or other job boards.

The best way to start with all searches is putting in motorsports or racing, and leave the rest of the fields blank. You don’t want to even narrow it down to a geographic region, because you already know that racing jobs are rare and you may need to relocate even though many of them will be in the Charlotte area.

Once you’ve done the search at a job site like Indeed, you want to expand to sports-related job sites. Teamwork Online has postings for a variety of motorsports companies like ISC Motorsports and NASCAR. You don’t need to sign up for an account to view the jobs, although I would recommend that you sign up for email alerts – free! – so that you can be the first to know about any racing jobs that come up.

Google is the next tool I would use in your racing job search – this is a great way to find postings on specific team websites or unadvertised positions. Using the advanced search tool, you want to use keywords like motorsports and racing in the required fields along with hiring, employment and resume. Then, you want to put in one or two months in the date range to make sure that the job listing is recent and active. You can then visit the results and see what comes up.

Another one-off site worth visiting is The webmaster is honest about not actively keeping these listings up to date, but often they are notified about job openings from insiders within teams. It’s hit or miss, but worth a visit.

Now that you’ve picked out a few job listings that you want to target for application or for future research, you can prepare yourself to apply for the racing job of your dreams. We’ll talk more about the steps you’ll want to take in a future post – next up: resume preparation!

Have you found any great postings? Feel free to share below, and we’ll do our best to give you tips on how to apply!

Motorsports Careers – Sample Communications Job Description

June 17th, 2011

When you’re preparing for a career in racing, it’s always helpful to know what the real-life requirements are for a variety of different motorsports careers.

Below, you’ll see the actual job description for a communications position at Richmond International Raceway. The position is the Manager of Communications and Creative Services, and not all tracks have this specific position but seeing the requirements for this job can help guide you in your studies and internships for positions like this in racing.

Job Summary:

Works in conjunction with the public relations, consumer marketing and corporate sales departments to oversee all internal creative, including Video Scoring Tower, website, consumer e-mails and fan guide. The Manager of Communications and Creative Services will report directly to the Director of Public Relations.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all aspects of the Video Scoring Tower (VST). Coordinate race weekend production and schedule of VST broadcast with Sprint Vision, ISC IT team and PA Team and oversee operation on race weekend. Duties includes producing and managing content, including graphics, videos and logo treatments, scheduling and placement of ads and public address announcements, gathering sponsor commercials and logos, maintaining an accurate and up to date log on the ISC Sharepoint site of all related activities.
  • Maintain all aspects of Richmond International Raceway website, as well as Media section of website, which includes, but is not limited to placing press releases and related stories on main website, as well as media portion of website, providing audio files for media, maintaining updates of fan hospitality appearances. Also includes management of Richmond International Raceway mobile website.
  • Producing graphic design content for the web site and other collateral materials, including ticket sales and renewal advertisements, photos and logos.
  • Manage the public address log and schedule for race weekend. includes securing all sponsor and sanctioning body announcements, in addition to writing and editing track announcements. The PA log is then incorporated into the overall race weekend Video Scoring Tower broadcast schedule.
  • In addition to race weekend Video Scoring Tower duties, serve as point person on VST utilization for Richmond Raceway Complex and other events throughout the year. Duties include full operation of the tower and producing content for the tower.
  • Manage the production of consumer collateral, including fan guide, race weekend event guides
  • Manage track’s email campaigns, including content and timing.
  • Manage track content posted on the International Speedway Corporation Portal, including press releases, videos, audio, photos and employee profiles.


  • Bachelor’s degree or education/experience equivalency.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat preferred.
  • Strong background in technical aspects of web and social media.
  • Video and audio editing experience a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Flexibility and ease with juggling multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to think creatively.

This description was taken directly from the following link:

Job Posting: Designer/FEA Engineer for Red Bull Racing

May 19th, 2011

If you’re looking for motorsports engineering jobs or a career in racing, this may be the job posting for you:

Red Bull Racing, Inc., part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers, is looking for a Design/FEA Engineer.

Requirements: 3 years of racing experience, experience with Siemens NX, Chassis and Suspension Design.

Red Bull offers a comprehensive benefit program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For consideration, submit your resume via our career link at or submit a resume to Please include the job title in the subject line of your submission.

Note: For those of you who are qualified and considering applying for this motorsports engineering job, you already know what an FEA engineer is. But if you’re here looking to learn more about careers in racing, here’s some help:

FEA stands for Finite Element Analysis. It is a type of engineering analysis – specifically it is one of the most powerful and commonly used function of the CAD software that is used by engineering professionals every day. By doing an FEA analysis, motorsports engineers can analyze components for stress-strain, heat transfer and many other properties.

If you want to learn more about AutoCAD software and how it is used, you can check out AutoCAD 2010 for Dummies or AutoCAD 2011 and AutoCAD LT 2011: No Experience Required.

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