The son of doctors, Burch built his first engine at age 8 just from reading a manual.
Lawrence Burch joined Stewart Haas Racing at the end of the 2007 season, when it was known as Haas-CNC Racing. In his tenure at SHR, has held a variety of positions including member of the test team, lead engineer on the seven-post rig and wind tunnel, engineer, drive-line engineer and others.
Prior to joining SHR, Burch held a variety of positions in both the NASCAR and IndyCar ranks. Burch began his racing career in IndyCar in 1998 with Panther Racing when he was still a college student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. His first job in racing was cleaning the wheels for the Panther Racing team. Burch moved up the ranks at Panther Racing from cleaning wheels to changing tires, to fueling the car to mechanic to data engineer.
His tenure ended at Panther Racing following 2003 and was at that time the lead mechanic for the Indy Lights program. Burch moved on to Sam Schmidt Motorsports for the 2004 and 2005 seasons serving as the lead mechanic for the team’s Indy Lights cars.
In 2006, Burch made the jump from IndyCar to NASCAR when he moved to Penske Racing to work as the tire specialist for the No. 12 Sprint Cup entry with driver Ryan Newman and crew chief Matt Borland. Penske marked his first time working on stock cars. Following the 2006 season, Burch returned to IndyCar and Sam Schmidt Motorsports for 2007 and at the end of the 2007 season, he rejoined Borland at Hass-CNC Racing (now SHR).
Racing and cars have been Burch’s first loves since he was just a young child. At age 8, he built his first engine for a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle – just by reading a manual. He still owns that car! Burch has never held a job outside of racing, and his dream job is to work for the McLaren F1 team.
When Lawrence is not at the racetrack, he still focuses his attention on cars as he considers himself a huge Mercedes junky and enjoys watching the car show Top Gear UK.
Lawrence is currently single and resides in Mooresville, NC.
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