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December grad lands racing engineer position

Ziegler pointing out something on a computer screen to other members of the racing team.

When the cars from Roush Fenway Racing hit the tracks in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series this year, they will have at least one Mountaineer to thank for their success. 

Mark Ziegler, who graduated with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in December, officially joined the team at Roush Fenway Racing in January, working as an aerodynamics design engineer. Ziegler conducts design work focused on a car’s aerodynamics and will spend some time at the wind tunnel, trying to find ways to better use some of the areas of the car that are more aerodynamically sensitive. 

A seasoned team member of WVU’s Formula SAE team, Ziegler completed internships at Arena Racing USA in 2014 and Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017. He spent most of 2018 as a racing intern with Rooster Hall Racing, participating in six touring car races in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Series. Thanks to a gift from WVU alums Dan and Betsy Brown, RHR, which is owned by their son, Todd, and his wife, Michelle, were able to offer two internships to WVU students while also supporting the SAE team.