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From family’s Perry Hall auto shop to NASCAR, crew chief John Klausmeier finds his calling

From family’s Perry Hall auto shop to NASCAR, crew chief John Klausmeier finds his calling

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At age 5, John Klausmeier would dismantle worn-out carburetors in his family’s Perry Hall auto shop to examine their innards. Now, at 37, he is crew chief for one of NASCAR’s top race teams.

As a kid, Klausmeier raced rusty old riding mowers at 10 mph around a banked dirt oval on his grandfather’s farm. Now, he builds sophisticated cars that roar down high-tech tracks at 20 times that speed.

Clearly, he has found his calling.

“I’ve reached the level where I want to be,” said Klausmeier, one of the youngest crew chiefs on the NASCAR circuit. “The job is like that of a head football coach; the work is demanding and it never stops. But you pinch yourself sometimes to make sure that you’re really doing what you love — and getting paid for it.”

“I do have a black 1968 Camero back home [in Perry Hall],” he said. “Some day I’ll fix it up, but right now, there’s no time.”

Married, he has a son named Cam, who wasn’t named for the hot rod engine.

“It’s short for Camden,” Klausmeier said. “We had our wedding reception at Camden Yards.”


Other Marylanders actively working in NASCAR

Derrell Edwards (East Baltimore), 26, is the tire carrier and jackman for the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team piloted by playoff driver Austin Dillon, who captured the sport’s Super Bowl event – the season-opening Daytona 500 – in February. Edwards starred in basketball at Dunbar.

Shane Wilson (Edgewater), 32, was jackman for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team driven by Kyle Larson, who is currently competing in the playoffs. An injury in August sidelined Wilson for the remainder of the season. Wilson attended Anne Arundel Community College.

Cory Baldwin (Severn), 27, is rear tire changer for the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota team driven by Regan Smith, who failed to qualify for the postseason.

David Charpentier (Havre de Grace), 59, is technical director for JTG Daugherty Racing’s two teams: the No. 47 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger and the No. 37 Chevrolet piloted by Chris Buescher. Neither made the playoffs. A Navy veteran, Charpentier is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College.

Brett McCutcheon (Barton, Allegany County), 31, is the front end mechanic for the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet team driven by Ty Dillon, which failed to make the postseason. McCutcheon attended Westmar High.


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September 22, 2018 at 07:36AM
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