The Driving Range
Laura Wontop Klauser knew she was destined to be a part of the automotive industry from the time she was 13 years old. She eventually joined her alma mater’s Formula SAE team. Although she never became a professional driver, Klauser did graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, It was that degree in Engineering that earned her a job in GM’s production engineering department in 2008. From there she landed a position as program manager for the Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 and Camaro GT4.R in 2016. During that time she helped launch GM’s Cadillac Dpi-V.R. The Cadillac Dpi-V.R has been highly successful in top-level IMSA competition since the program first kicked off at the beginning of 2017.
As a result of her past successes. Laura Wontrop Klauser has now been named the new Manager of Chevrolet Sport’s Pratt & Miller-run Corvette RacingSports Car Program. As Sport’s Manager, she replaces Doug Fehan, who was released in December 2020 by the company after serving as the program manager for the past quarter century.
In a prepared statement, Klauser remarked “It’s a huge honor to move into this role with Corvette Racing.” She went on to say that the program is “unquestionably one of the premier programs in all of sports car endurance racing.” The rich history of Corvette’s successes in IMSA is something of which everyone at Chevrolet can be proud, noted Klauser. At the same time, she said, this motorsports management restructure is a great opportunity to rethink how Chevrolet operates on IMSA weekends. Klauser’s goal going forward, she told the crowd, is to promote more synergy between racing programs, as well as to funnel the technical learnings back to GM so they continue to make and sell better cars to our fans and customers around the world.