Vehicle Performance Manager - Motorsports

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Job Description

GM Motorsports is looking for outstanding talent with the passion to bring performance to the racetrack every week. Continuing our winning tradition in racing requires that we never lose focus on innovation and being bold in our application of engineering and technology to build triumphant race cars. GM Motorsports is building a Charlotte Technical Center that will bring together sophisticated motorsports engineering technologies with engineers from GM, GM NASCAR Key Partner teams, and new hires. GM Motorsports is focused on the concept of One Team, where the technology and people that build GM’s award-winning cars on the road work alongside the GM Motorsports team to win on the racetrack. We are looking for people who have a passion for motorsports and enjoy solving complex problems in a very competitive environment.

GM Motorsports is investing in the application of virtual development and simulation to optimize the performance of our cars during race events. In order to strengthen the team, we are looking for a Vehicle Performance Manager focused on our NASCAR programs. The Vehicle Performance Manager will be responsible for investigating and optimizing the system level performance of the complete race vehicle. This activity will include working with the virtual vehicle dynamics, performance, and simulation engineers to ensure that the physical systems of the car are properly modeled and integrated to accurately predict the full system performance of the race car.

The Vehicle Performance Manager will be responsible for test programs on NASCAR vehicle sub-systems and must have experience in NASCAR racing at the Cup level. Having experience leading race teams and managing race cars and events in NASCAR at the Cup level is desired. Proven understanding of the racetracks and the performance targets required of winning race cars is critical.

The Vehicle Performance Manager will contribute to the virtual tools, develop in the test labs and participate with the teams at the racetrack. This activity will require using and participating in the development of full vehicle simulation. Experience with numerical analysis and programming is helpful as well as experience in a wide variety of multi-physics simulation. This activity includes leading a team and problem solving without support. This role requires a deep understanding of engineering concepts, helps set direction, and independently makes decisions based on general practices and procedures. Strong project planning skills are critical.

What you will do:

  • Play a key role in developing accurate full vehicle simulation models and develop methods to use them to optimize the performance of the GM NASCAR race cars.

  • Build and lead a multi-disciplinary team of engineers from a combination of GM NASCAR Key Partner teams, GM engineering, and new hire recruiting.

  • Develop vehicle sub-system models and validate on test rigs, including hardware in the loop and driver in the loop rigs.

  • Provide direction and actionable data to GM race teams to improve weekend performance.

  • Supervise an inter-functional team, defining guidelines and ensuring an effective and efficient flow of information within different functions.

In order to succeed in this exciting role, we are looking for a graduate profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related subject; Master’s degree or higher is desirable

  • 15+ years of highly proven experience gained in the automotive and motorsport areas

  • Experience leading a team, ideally across different areas with experience in project management, resource coordination, problem solving and reporting

  • Highly analytical, client-oriented and structured, with strong relationship and communicative skills

  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic, constantly evolving environment, bringing a strong work ethic and integrity


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related subject

  • 15+ years of motorsport experience at either the NASCAR Cup, IndyCar, or F1 level

  • Proven winning experience at the Crew Chief, Race Engineer, Technical Director or Competition Director position

  • Experience with the architecture and performance of NASCAR race vehicles

  • Knowledge of NASCAR race series regulations

  • Previous experience developing and using MBS models in Dymola/Modelica

  • Previous experience deploying a simulation tool within a race team including the use of DiL rigs in support of race event preparation

  • Previous experience with vehicle data acquisition systems

  • Some experience in software development

  • Managing complex budgets

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

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