* Vanderbilt graduate Geisler returns to Music City DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2004) - This time a year ago, Travis Geisler (No. 36 DCT Motorsports Chevrolet) was graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical ...
* Vanderbilt graduate Geisler returns to Music City
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2004) - This time a year ago, Travis Geisler (No. 36 DCT Motorsports Chevrolet) was graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Today, he's heading into the June 12 Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway looking forward to returning to his home track.
Geisler made his debut with DCT Motorsports when the NASCAR Busch Series made its first stop at the Middle Tennessee venue in April. Since then, he's made two other starts, splitting time with 1993 NASCAR Busch Series champion Steve Grissom in the ride owned by Cleveland, Ohio businessmen John McGill and Carl Natale.
Although he's a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Geisler's time at Vanderbilt made Nashville a second home.
"Maybe I take this track more personally than some others," Geisler says. "I think any time you race your home track, you want to do your very best. My confidence level is pretty high going into this weekend. I have a lot more experience at this track. I've raced the All Pro Series here, and now the NASCAR Busch Series, too. I have a lot of laps at this track.
"It makes you feel comfortable to know that you can race well at a certain track. Just walking around the pits, seeing your friends, being familiar with your surroundings, it makes it more comforting. I can relax a little bit knowing that I've got my close friends there to support me, and also knowing what I need to get out of the car for a good race."
Obviously, Geisler's degree is being put to good use both on and off the track.
"I feel having a mechanical engineering degree has really helped me in a lot of ways with my racing career," Geisler says. "I understand the physics of how the car is handling and can relate that back to the team. Engineering makes you think differently - a little more outside the box. You take big problems, and break them down into smaller problems and fix them. It's a different thought process that just really fits into preparing a race car.
"Having a college degree also helps off the track as well. You have a lot more confidence when you're speaking with CEOs of major companies, trying to get sponsorship. You understand more of what they are looking for. You have to be articulate and knowledgeable in marketing, sales and public relations. The college degree has already helped me fill that role, and it will just become more and more important as I progress."