Gary Nelson has been involved in racing for several decades, but his goal has never changed.
He wants to win trophies.
Throughout his career as a crew chief and team manager, Nelson has won plenty of trophies. And the 64-year-old doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Old school NASCAR fans might remember Nelson as the crew chief for Bobby Allison when Allison won the Cup Series championship in 1983. After a successful career as a crew chief, Nelson became the director of the NASCAR Cup Series for 10 years and later the vice president of research and development in 2001.
Now, Nelson is the team manager for Action Express, and his team won three straight IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Prototype titles from 2014 to 2016. The team won the Rolex 24 in its first season, and they went on to win the championship that year.
As the team prepares for the 2018 season, Nelson told AutoWeek he only has one goal in mind.
“Winning trophies,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s my motivation. What makes me happy is winning trophies.”
Nelson’s team came up just short in 2017, but they’re looking to rebound and win another championship in 2018. He said there are big differences between NASCAR and IMSA, but at the end of the day, the goal is still the same.