INDIANAPOLIS – Brian Goslee is a crew member that stands out in Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the pit area at the other events on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
As the lead mechanic at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Brian Goslee represents the new breed of crew member at the Indianapolis 500.
The likeable Goslee may be the only crew member in the sport with two different nicknames. When he was at Target/Chip Ganassi Racing he was known as “Gonzo” – a nickname that has stuck with him ever since. But he is also known as “Elvis” because of his dark hair, long sideburns and his resemblance to American Music icon Elvis Presley.
“Gonzo was started by Dave Steele because of my last name,” Goslee said. “I didn’t pick up the nickname Elvis until I got over to Ganassi and that was given to me by Jason Sobush. I had long sideburns in 2004 and he started calling me Elvis because of the sideburns and hair. I was Gonzo before I started at Ganassi, Elvis when I was at Ganassi, and Gonzo ever since.”
He is a fresh face in a sport that has lots of history and tradition and is ready to reach out to a younger audience.
“When I was at Dreyer & Reinbold as a crew chief I was looking for people who were self-motivated and had a good attitude,” Goslee said. “If you have those traits you can go far in this business. But you have to make a serious commitment. It’s almost like having a kid because you have to be willing to make personal sacrifices.”
Goslee learned from the older crew members in IndyCar and is now ready take those skills to become the lead mechanic at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
“The group in the paddock is a lot younger than it used to be,” Goslee said. “The older guys had a lot of different job skills where the newer crew members have specific duties now. When I came up in USAC you had to learn how to do everything. Those are skills I have now that put me a little bit ahead of the game.”
The 34-year-old native of Lafayette, Ind. was a student at Purdue University when he attended the 2000 Indianapolis 500. His father was an auto mechanic but worked in racing for Bob Hickman in the 1970s. His first Indianapolis 500 was in 1990 when Arie Luyendyk drove to victory.
But it was the 2000 Indy 500 when he looked around Gasoline Alley and that’s when he decided on his career choice. He started off with Sinden Racing working on the IndyCar Two-Seater in 2001. He worked for driver Dave Steele on his USAC Sprint and Silver Crown cars for the next two years. In 2003 he worked with Aaron and A.J. Fike in USAC before he got his first job in IndyCar was with Target/Chip Ganassi Racing in 2004 – one year after Scott Dixon won his first IndyCar championship. He was a sub-assembly mechanic working on both the IndyCar Series and GRAND-Am programs and assembled the uprights and brakes on both types of race cars.