Laura Wontrop Klauser will move into a new role as Chevrolet Sports Car Program Manager, which will place her in charge of the Pratt & Miller-run Corvette Racing effort.
Wontrop Klauser previously served as the program manager for the Cadillac DPi-V.R and Camaro GT4.R customer racing programs. In her expanded role, Wontrop Klauser will be tasked with improving “the level of engineering and technical direction for Corvette Racing as it sets a course for its future with the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, along with all the Chevrolet road-racing programs.”
Wontrop Klauser will replace former Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, who was let go from the team at the conclusion of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech season. Fehan had managed the hugely successful sports car racing outfit for 25 years.
“It’s a huge honor to move into this role with Corvette Racing,” she said in a prepared statement. “It unquestionably is one of the premier programs in all of sports car endurance racing. The rich history of Corvette’s successes in IMSA is something of which everyone at Chevrolet can be proud. At the same time, this motorsports management restructure is a great opportunity to rethink how Chevrolet operates on IMSA weekends. My goal is to promote more synergy between our racing programs and funnel our technical learnings back to GM so we continue to make and sell better cars to our fans and customers around the world.”
The Detroit resident started at GM in 2008 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering. She worked in the automaker’s production engineering department before a spot with the Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 effort opened up in 2016. Wontrop Klauser then helped spearhead the launch of the Cadillac DPi-V.R, which has been hugely successful in top-level IMSA competition since the program first started at the beginning of 2017.
Not only is Laura Wontrop Klauser well-prepared to lead Corvette Racing into the future, she’s connected to the Corvette community, having previously served as a coordinator for National Corvette Museum events. She also enjoys driving her 2013 Corvette Grand Sport in track day events.
“We are pleased to have someone as enthusiastic and experienced as Laura as our Sports Car Racing Program Manager,” said Chevy’s director of motorsports competition engineering, Mark Stielow. “Corvette Racing and GM’s road-racing efforts will benefit from her engineering experience with both the Corvette and Cadillac production cars, and her relationship with a large number of our fans and Corvette owners.”
Laura Wontrop Klauser’s first event at the helm of Corvette Racing will be the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 30th, 2021.