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The Mechanic

Training to become a race car mechanic starts in high school and is bolstered by a love for technology, mathematics, and science. A high-performance engine mechanic knows their way around a car, tools, and possesses a cool combination of both brains and brawn.  Teamwork is essential, and strong communication skills are critical to success.  A mechanic has to be able to explain complex ideas and solutions and communicate the rationale for problem-solving.  

In the early days of racing, every team member was a general mechanic, but in this era of specialization, most teams employ a small number of mechanics that the crew chief can call on for a variety of fixes and adjustments.  

Race car mechanics remain cool under pressure. When a car breaks down in the middle of a race, the mechanic has to figure out the problem and get it repaired as quickly as possible. Race car mechanics are also responsible for maintaining, improving, and setting up the cars for
a race or track day.   

Getting a job as a race car mechanic is a competitive endeavor. Obtaining ASE certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a highly sought after credential for all professional mechanics.

The Role of a Mechanic:

An integral part of the team.
In charge of assembly, building, tear down.

Perform vehicle “set up” at the track. 
Making adjustments based on engineering recommendation.

A mechanic's contributions can determine whether the team wins or loses.