Richard Childress Racing
RCR Crew Member Spotlight: Blake Zobrist
July 31, 2013
For a small town country boy, his ultimate childhood dream of working in NASCAR seemed out of reach.. That is, until Blake Zobrist landed a job with a premier racing organization as the interior mechanic on Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series team.
Growing up in Aviston, a small town in southern Illinois, racing ran through Zobrist’s blood. His father sponsored his uncle’s dirt car and when Zobrist was old enough, he began attending the local dirt races and picked up a few wrenches to help out his uncle.
“I loved going to the dirt track,” said Zobrist. “I remember the whole family being there. All of my aunts and uncles would go every week. All of us kids would get to play in the race car after the races were over for the night.”
Seeking a career in the racing industry, Zobrist attended Southern Illinois University and studied engineering. He soon realized he was more hands on than he thought and decided it was time for a change. “I wanted to build bridges, not sit behind a computer and tell people how to build them,” mentions Zobrist.
The Illinois native stumbled upon the motorsports program at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) and after completing his course work he graduated with his motorsports degree in 2006. Upon graduation, Zobrist was asked by UNOH to help develop their dirt racing program.
This seemed to be the dream job the small town country boy was always looking for, until he received a phone call with quite the job offer from Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) Zobrist packed up his life and moved to North Carolina to begin his new position with KHI in March of 2006.
While at KHI, he was a key player in the success of the organization, before making the transition over to RCR in December of 2011.
“I have a lot of good memories at KHI, including the company’s first win,” said Zobrist. “I’m really enjoying my time here at RCR. I work with nine different drivers with a wide variety of talent and experience. It’s always something different. It’s a lot of fun.”