IndyCar Mechanic Goslee On The Rise
Four years later Goslee was on Dixon’s team serving as a pit crew member for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 victory and also his second IndyCar Series title that year. Goslee helped develop the rear-wing adjuster that as used on Dixon’s winning IndyCar that season and takes special pride in that.
He credits Grant Weaver as the man who took a chance on Goslee and served as his mentor at team owner Chip Ganassi’s team. Ricky Davis also spent a great deal of time working with Goslee after hours teaching me and helping him change tires.
Goslee got to form strong relationships with the late Dan Wheldon, Daren Manning, Dixon and Alex Lloyd at Ganassi’s team.
“Dan and Scott Dixon genuinely cared about my family,” Goslee said. “When I saw Scott at this year’s 24 Hours at Daytona he asked me about my kids. Those are personal relationships that I was able to build with those drivers. I got to know Dan because he was doing a lot of wind tunnel testing for us back then.”
Goslee would move over to KV Racing in 2010 changing the rear tire for then-driver Mario Moraes.
In 2011 he moved over to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as a chief mechanic. That team’s last race was in the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
“Dennis Reinbold really cared about everyone that worked on his team so it was great working for Dennis and Robbie Buhl, both,” Goslee said. “Dennis started off and did the best he could with what he had. He really cared about the team and the racing and he grew the team. Racing was his passion. He was local and the Indy 500 was what he really cared about. At the end of Dreyer & Reinbold when we got Oriol Servia and Chevrolet we were running up front.”
Goslee worked for Wayne Taylor Racing’s GRAND-Am team last year and helped in the transition to the Tudor United Sports Car Racing series this season including the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
He came back to IndyCar earlier this year as the lead mechanic at Rahal Letterman Racing.
“All of my early IndyCar training was at Ganassi so I was able to take what I learned there and apply it to other teams,” Goslee explained. “At Ganassi everybody thinks the budget is so big but we tested so many different components and so many different things we had to find ways to do things cheaper for us. So the ways I found to do cheaper I was able to take to other teams that didn’t have as big as a budget.
“Ganassi was very engineer driven and it was very specific what makes the car go fast but on other teams I’ve been at like KV and Dreyer & Reinbold and Rahal we all work to make the car go fast.”
Although he won the 2008 Indy 500 with Dixon, he calls his 2012 Indy 500 with Servia “a blast.”
“We came from 22nd clear up to fourth and that was exciting,” Goslee said. “That whole month was awesome because I got to participate in the Pit Stop Competition against the Ganassi guys. That was the dream matchup for me. You can’t beat winning the race but being the small team we were at D&R and having the run that we had with Servia was fun.”
Now, he is ready to have even more fun at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing where he will work with driver Graham Rahal as the lead mechanic.
“They have had their ups and downs but I really feel this year Bobby Rahal has built a really strong team,” Goslee said. “I’m a rear-end mechanic on the car but I also make sure the car build and deadlines are met. I saw an opportunity to go in there and be a lead mechanic and I also saw a long-term commitment from the National Guard.
“This is a passion for me; it’s more than just a job. I can step up and be a leader there. That is what attracted me to this team. There is a lot of pressure on us but I want to be a part of that. I want to be a part of the success. There is a lot of pressure there and I hope I’m a part of the success on the team.”