Tag Archives: jobs in motorsport

Spec MX-5 Cup Team is Hiring NC Miata Mechanics / Crew / Techs

Update: WOW! Quickest rejection response I’ve ever gotten. Good luck to all y’all that may qualify.

If you are starting your New Year off looking for a Motorsport job like me, you may be in luck. Atlanta Speedwerks is now hiring full time mechanics, techs, and crew to work on their fleet of Spec MX-5 Cup NC Miatas…


I definitely am!


If the cars in the top photo (borrowed from ATLSpeedwerks/Level-Up Facebook page) look familiar… you are not wrong. You have seen them on this blog before. They are the ex-Skippy Racing School Miatas that were auctioned off at Road Atlanta recently… all 16’ish of them.

I’m not only happy to see them restored from this:

To this:

But Mazda Motorsport has created a companion / feeder series for their established Global MX-5 Cup to run these cars in. You’ve heard of Spec Miata race groups in Club racing. Now we have Spec MX-5 Cup too.

Good stuff… and good luck if you choose to pursue this job. My fingers and toes are crossed.

How to get a job in Motorsport?

Seven years in this hobby, fifteen countries worked in on multiple crews from flagging to rescue services, to pits, grid and start/finish… and all that means absolutely nothing to people in HR at NASCAR/IMSA. How incredibly disappointing?

And so I’ve reached a point where the dilemma isn’t choosing which weekend to volunteer between IMSA and PWC or Trans Am or Indy… but whether I should find a new hobby because this one is getting way too expensive to continue, especially without any income. And yet I’m addicted to it. Another rejection for a paid gig, and I quickly signed up to volunteer for the Roar and Rolex 24 at Daytona. I’m looking forward to the 50+ car field… many new additions, new teams, new drivers. It’s exciting even when it’s not sustainable, ugh!

Ironically I’ll spend the Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas at the track instead of with family in New Jersey. Oh the choices we make…

The question remains: How the hell do you get a job in Motorsport?

In all this time, and at all these different venues, I’m been completely and hopelessly unsuccessful at achieving even the most modest goal.

We’ll see what 2018 brings. I’m still hopeful. But probably not for too long.

Happy Holidays Ya’ll!

photo credit: stolen from IMSA facebook page

Internships with Red Bull Global Rallycross

This is a little public service announcement for the college kids out there who love Motorsports and want to find a way working with various series. At the Red Bull GRC of Atlantic City I learned that the series does rely on Interns for various tasks, and will fly your ass around the country following events with little to no expense to you. And while you may not earn any money for this “summer job” the experience in my view is priceless. I sure as shit wish that instead of the lame bank internship I did in my university days, I had looked into something as exciting as GRC clearly is!

I may be stating the obvious, but before “volunteering” this event I had no idea that something like this actually happens. I figured that at most Interns for NASCAR have to be local to Daytona Beach or Charlotte and get to do coffee runs for real NASCAR employees instead of flying around the country to events, setting up displays, working the media rides, info booths, etc.

But this is real!

Ironically the only reason I learned about this opportunity is because I showed up a day early to work the event as a flagger. They paid us for our duties and besides guest passes there wasn’t much in a way of swag to be had. I wanted a neat little shirt and hat that all the real “volunteers” got, so I said the magic word to the person in charge…. “Hey, do you need help?  I’m happy to volunteer Friday.” And of course he needed help, I got a chance to earn my keepsake, the shirt and hat you can see me wearing in most of the pictures promoting the shit out of the series, as a direct result.

While helping out as a volunteer I met a West Coast chick who got involved with the company through an internship, and boy was I jealous of her. While I’m looking for a job, people helping with my resume advise against adding all of my volunteering on my CV because it won’t help me. While her internship will open doors with whatever events management job she wishes to pursue in the future.

Life is unfair!

An internship with GRC isn’t just providing cheap labor to help set up tents, which we obviously did, but it definitely teaches you the ins and outs of putting on a major entertainment event. And the AC GRC event was a great venue to learn.

How I wish someone advised me to pursue something like this about ten years ago. But I’m grateful I got to earn a shirt and hat I’ll probably never wear again, and learn a bunch of info that only made me jealous. Maybe one day I’ll land a cool job like this. One day…  a paid job that is.

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Russ is looking for a job in Motorsport.

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Because Russ is a qualified candidate to do a task at hand with passion and commitment. If you have any doubt about Russ’s credentials just take a look at his hobbies both Motorsport volunteering and the Mazda Miata sections of this blog.

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