From Wolfpack to the track, engineer is living a childhood dream
Posted July 10
Charlotte, N.C. — More and more college football players are turning pro on the track, applying their brute strength and athleticism in the pits of NASCAR. But William Lee, a former long snapper for North Carolina State University, is more dependent on brains than brawn.
"I always wanted to be in racing," Lee said.
His football teammates made fun of his focus, but Lee's academics were no joke. The Fuquay-Varina High School valedictorian earned his mechanical engineering degree and quickly caught on at Stewart-Haas Racing, working his way up from intern to race engineer for the No. 10 car driven by Danica Patrick.
He has many responsibilities.
"During the week, I will run sims (simulations) for the next track and maybe a few weeks in advance, and at the track, just try to keep up with where the car is, compare different options," Lee said. "Race day is mostly focusing on fuel mileage and whatever adjustments we can do to make the car faster as the race goes along."
In a world where winning matters most, the job is beyond stressful, but every Sunday it clicks for Lee. He's living out his childhood dream.
"Seeing it all come together out there on the track, it's hard to beat," he said.