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RCR Crew Member Profile: 10 Questions with Warren Brosel

Q: At what point in life did you know you wanted to be part of a race team and work on race cars?
“I got a slot-car track when I was a kid back in 1971. The track came with a Richard Petty STP car, I told my dad then that I wanted to work on race cars when I got older. Growing up I was always a fan of racing, but one day I was helping my best friend and his dad work on their Camaro, when his dad asked if we wanted to go to the track. I was completely hooked after that night.”

Q: You mentioned wanting to go racing since you were a kid. Who helped get your career started in racing?
“My buddy’s dad worked on a late model team with driver Jim Sauter and asked if I wanted to go to the track to help out one night. It was 1986 and I was 19 years old. We won the first race I was at and I was sold from that moment.”

Q: You were fairly young when you started working with your first race team. Have you always worked in the racing industry?
“I actually got out of racing for about eight years and worked as a welder in the Milwaukee area.”

Q: When did you return to the racing industry, and how did you get back into it after taking such a long break?
“In 1996, I got a call from a friend of mine who had already moved down to North Carolina asking if I wanted a job building pit equipment. I had the welding experience and was able to put it to good use when I moved down south.”

Q: What was the first National Series race team you worked with?
“I was offered a job with Penske Racing back in 1997. I was interviewing with two different teams at the time and decided to go work for the one that paid me an extra $25 per week.”

Q: What led you to your position at Richard Childress Racing?
“I worked at Penske Racing for a year and a half and then accepted a job at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where I worked for nine years before coming to Richard Childress Racing. Since I’ve been at RCR, I’ve worked in R&D, aero and was also a body hanger for a period of time. I decided I wanted to be back working with the team and joined the No. 29 road crew at the beginning of the 2013 season.” 

Q: If you weren’t working on a race team, what do you think you’d be doing?
“I think I’d still be working on cars. I’ve always enjoyed that and it’s a lot of fun for me.”

Q: You’ve had the chance to work for some very prominent people in the racing industry. Who do you believe was the most influential person in your racing career?
“I’d have to say Jimmy Fennig. He was the crew chief for the ASA team I used to work with. I have a lot of respect for Jimmy. He taught me a lot about work ethic and was just a smart guy.”

Q: You and your wife live in Mooresville, N.C., with your twin boys. What do you think is the neatest thing about having twins?
“They have a built in playmate. They seem to be a lot more self-sufficient and independent of others because they have each other.”

Q: You’re a Wisconsin boy and had the chance to work with Northern and Southern-based race teams. What do you think is the biggest difference between the two?
“The passion for the sport with both is definitely the same, but up North racing is more of a part-time deal.”

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