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John Klausmeier

Crew Chief, No. 10 Ford Fusion
Birth Date: Feb. 1, 1981
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Home Town: Perry Hall, Maryland
Residence: Mooresville, North Carolina
Spouse: Brooke
Children: Cam, Olivia
In the beginning, racing was just a hobby for John Klausmeier, crew chief for the No. 10 Smithfield team and driver Aric Almirola at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). But that all changed in 2002 after Klausmeier landed an internship at Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) while completing his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in hand, Klausmeier moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in racing. He had turned his former hobby into a fulltime job.

Klausmeier began his tenure at DEI in 2005 as a test engineer, collaborating with drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Paul Menard at numerous test sessions on racetracks throughout the United States. Klausmeier became a race engineer in 2007, working with the Nos. 1 and 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams of Truex and Menard, respectively, before joining SHR in 2009.

As a race engineer at SHR, Klausmeier worked with drivers Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and, most recently, Kurt Busch. From SHR’s inception in 2009 through the end of 2017, these drivers scored seven wins along with 49 top-five and 121 top-10 finishes.

Two of those victories, in particular, stand out for Klausmeier. Busch’s victory at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June 2006 came with Klausmeier as his interim crew chief in place of Tony Gibson. And Klausmeier was a part of Busch’s biggest win – the 2017 Daytona 500.

The strength of these successes earned Klausmeier a promotion to crew chief for Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield team in 2018.

“It’s been a career goal for me to move into the role of crew chief full time,” Klausmeier said. “I’ve been able to fill in on different occasions and had good results, but to have all the people that I’ve worked with for the last nine years behind me and supporting me as I take this next step in my career is something I’m very thankful for. Tony (Stewart) and Gene (Haas) have given me a great opportunity and I want to make them proud.”

As Klausmeier takes the helm of the No. 10 team, he will be reunited with Almirola. The pair first met in late summer of 2007 when Almirola began testing and competing for DEI.

“I like how determined Aric is. He has a ton of drive and yearns for the best,” Klausmeier said. “We’re both at very similar places in life right now and I feel like this is a great opportunity for both of us. We want to maximize the potential, grow together and get the most rewards out of it.”

Klausmeier resides in Mooresville, North Carolina, with his wife Brooke and their son Cam.