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From the Spotters Point of View with the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Spotter; Brandon Benesch

by TMS Admin | Apr 02, 2013

Brandon Benesch, who recently joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2013 as the No. 10 Spotter, spent three-and-a-half seasons from May 2009 to 2012 with JR Motorsports where he worked as Danica Patrick’s car chief for the past two seasons. His work with Patrick helped him land his current role as spotter with Stewart-Haas Racing.

While at JR Motorsports, Benesch was assigned to the No. 7 Nationwide entry, which was the team’s all-star car featuring numerous drivers. During this time, Benesch also spotted for drivers Scott Wimmer and Brad Keselowski who also drove for JR Motorsports.

Before Benesch made the move to JR Motorsports, he worked for Robby Gordon Motorsports from 2006 through May 2009 where he worked on Gordon’s Sprint Cup team as an interior mechanic and rear tire carrier. By the end of his tenure at Robby Gordon Motorsports, Benesch was an all-around shop and road mechanic and spotter. He also worked with Gordon’s off-road team at the Baja 1000, the Baja 500, the San Felipe 250 and the Dakar Rally.

Benesch started his career at Fitz Bradshaw Racing while still in college, by working as a parts runner and moving up the ladder to car chief for the No.12 entry. By the time Benesch left the organization he had earned a Skills U.S.A. Scholarship to pursue a racing related career, which led him to Universal Technical Institute where he earned a degree in Automotive Technology.

At the end of the 2012 season, Benesch moved to the mountains of Idaho with his son and wife. He travels each weekend to the racetrack.

Benesch grew up snowmobile racing and dirt track racing in Wisconsin. He enjoys snowmobiling, dirt biking, hunting and keeping up with his son, Slade.


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