Larry Kubes New NHRA GM EngineProgram Manager

KUBES NAMED GM DRAG RACING ENGINE AND PROGRAM MANAGER WARREN, Mich. (Oct. 14) -- Larry Kubes has been named Engine and Program Manager for the Chevrolet and Pontiac drag racing programs by Harry Turner, Group Manager of Drag and...

KUBES NAMED GM DRAG RACING ENGINE AND PROGRAM MANAGER

WARREN, Mich. (Oct. 14) -- Larry Kubes has been named Engine and Program Manager for the Chevrolet and Pontiac drag racing programs by Harry Turner, Group Manager of Drag and Off-Road Racing for General Motors Motorsports.

Kubes' responsibilities include managing the technical resources required to win races and championships for Pontiac and Chevrolet in various National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing classes, as well as working with top teams using GM products to develop the necessary parts, set-ups and strategies to win those races and championships.

He joins Alba Colon, Pro Stock Truck Program Manager, and Laurie Szczesny, Chassis Engineer, on the GM Motorsports drag race engineering team.

"Larry Kubes already has a great record of helping produce race wins and championships for our GM customers," said Turner. "His hands-on approach with engines and other mechanical devices will fit well in the drag racing community, where we expect to see many wins and championships for Pontiac and Chevrolet."

A self-proclaimed "lifelong gearhead," his most recent assignment at GM Motorsports was Program Manager of the successful Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) and Pikes Peak International Hillclimb Chevy truck racing programs for 1998.

Kubes, 32, began his career with GM in 1989 after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first assignment was in the Product Assurance, Test and Validation Group, which ensures that pre-production GM vehicles work as expected before going into full production.

He also worked on powertrain integration and development of the 3.4-liter DOHC V6 production engine, as well as in the Noise and Vibration Group, focusing on making GM production vehicles quieter and more pleasant to drive.

In 1992, Kubes joined the newly formed GM Motorsports Group as Engine Block Engineer responsible for the design, development and production of GM racing blocks for all of the motorsports venues in which GM competes. A highlight of his career in this assignment was creation of the affordable CNC (computer numerically controlled) GM racing block, which reduced engine build time as much as 70 hours for many racing teams.

Two years later, he became Design Engineer for the revised Aurora Series 2.0 V8 engine for IMSA World Sports Car competition, and the SCCA Trans-Am Series short-deck, small-block V8, which is now used in many different racing series. In 1996 and 1997 he was responsible for Pontiac's winning Showroom Stock Road Racing Program.

Kubes lives in Clawson, Mich., where he maintains a collection of more than 75 vintage motocross racing motorcycles. His hobbies include racing motorcycles and designing and fabricating parts for race cars and motorcycles.

His most recent project is a street-legal Corvette designed to achieve a top speed of 275 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats ... with air-conditioning on, of course!

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