For many Chevrolet fans, there would really be no cooler job than working in the automaker’s performance and racing division.
About five years ago, Adam Golembeski was one of these people, with the longtime car enthusiast working a consulting job in Boston and dreaming about a career that would connect him with the exciting world of performance driving and motorsports.
Then Golembeski caught his big break. A colleague he worked with in Boston connected him with General Motors, which offered him a job working in its aerodynamics department. He studied mechanical engineering at Rutgers University before earning his master’s in aerospace engineering at Old Dominion University, making him a perfect fit for the position.
After serving as the lead aerodynamicist for cars like the Cadillac ATS-V and Camaro ZL1 1LE, GM shifted Golembeski over to its motorsports division, appointing him program manager for its NASCAR Cup Series operations. Golembeski recently spoke about the promotion in an interview with Republican American, telling the publication that with the move, he’s now in an ideal place in his career.
“I feel like I have my dream job right now,” Golembeski said. “I get to build race cars every day. I get to be involved with the engineering side of things, but I also get to see the finances and the marketing and the whole big picture. And I am doing something I am passionate about which is cars and racing.”
Golembeski’s educational background also comes in handy in the role, which requires him to act as a sort of engineering liaison between his employer and its top Cup Series teams, like Hendrick Motorsports or Chip Ganassi Racing, for example.
“I am bouncing around a lot between the teams having meetings about their needs,” Golembeski told Republican American. “They have their own aero department, engine department and chassis department. On a weekly basis I coordinate with each of those groups to ensure they have the resources they need.”
“They might need access to a wind tunnel or some manufacturing process to help build a new part coming down the pipeline,” he added. “I remove any roadblocks so they can make their cars go faster every week.”
Adam and his Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series team are probably enjoying a little bit of downtime right now before the 2020 Daytona Speedweeks kick off in early February. If you need a reminder, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season will officially kick off with the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on February 16th, 2020.