Profile: Jackie Mohrfeld, GM Racing Trackside Engineer, Chevrolet Silverado Program O'Reilly 200, Bristol Motor Speedway -- Jackie Mohrfeld didn't know she would love working in a major motorsports series; in fact, until she was in college at ...
Profile: Jackie Mohrfeld, GM Racing Trackside Engineer, Chevrolet Silverado Program
O'Reilly 200, Bristol Motor Speedway -- Jackie Mohrfeld didn't know she would love working in a major motorsports series; in fact, until she was in college at Texas A&M University, she didn't know anything about the sport.
Now she climbs on the pitbox of the No. 33 Camping World Silverado team driven by two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday every race as the GM Racing engineer assigned to the team to lend critical support.
A native of Houston, TX, Mohrfeld attended and graduated from Texas A&M. Her first entry in to the racing world was a Texas A&M Formula SAE project. In 2000, the team won its first championship in only its second year of competition.
"I knew the Indy 500 existed, and that was about it until I got to college," she said. "It was kind of a neat thing to do. You get a little bit of everything to do, and to work with good people is the best part."
She continued her education and involvement in Formula SAE at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN. After graduating from Purdue with a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, her full-time career in the world of NASCAR racing began. Mohrfeld started as a race engineer and the changed assignments to focus on vehicle dynamics research and development.
Her passion for the sport grew with her experience. In 2005 she landed a position with Pratt & Miller on assignment to GM Racing's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program.
As one of a very limited number of female engineers in the garage area of all three NASCAR major touring series, Mohrfeld has quickly established herself as one of the best by assisting Hornaday and his Kevin Harvick, Inc. Chevrolet Silverado team capture three wins so far in 2007 and wage a great battle to capture his third NCTS title. He is currently second in points, just 82 points down to the leader.
"My specialty is vehicle dynamics," Mohrfeld continued. "I actually deal with the setups that go underneath the trucks. In vehicle dynamics, my goal is to help the car or truck get to the corner faster than anyone else."
Providing technical support to the GM truck teams and constantly developing cutting edge engineering software, "both utilizes and challenges my skills," she said. "It has ultimately developed into a rewarding and fulfilling career for me."
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