CONCORD, N.C. – The sunshine state is home to many on the Hendrick Motorsports campus, one of those being the engine tuner for the No. 5 Chevrolet SS.
Billy Fraser grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he spent his free time salt-water fishing in creeks, riding horses and racing.
A young Fraser raced go-karts for about 10 years. His grandparents owned a race shop and a local dirt track, featuring drag racing and go-karts.
He grew up watching NASCAR races with his parents, who still attend races when they can.
Fraser knew he wanted to pursue a career in motorsports and molded his college experience around that goal.
“I went to the University of Florida for Engineering and I’ve always kind of worked in racing,” he said.
The engineer had a well-known connection at Hendrick Motorsports, Kenny Francis, who helped him secure a position within the organization.
“I got a call one day asking if I wanted to do it,” Fraser said, after which he packed up and moved to North Carolina to begin his career in NASCAR.
He has been with Hendrick Motorsports for three-and-a-half years now and is in his home state of Florida this weekend with the No. 5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevrolet SS team.
Fraser said he was looking forward to returning to his home state and was hoping to see his dad while there this weekend.
“It’s always nice to go home,” he said.