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*Mail-In Rebate for a Goodyear Prepaid Mastercard® valid on purchases between April 1 and June 30, 2019. One Mail-In Rebate for a Prepaid Card per qualifying purchase and per invoice. Limit one (1) rebate form per tire purchase, per envelope. Offers available only at authorized participating U.S. Goodyear Retailers and websites. Offer valid only for U.S. residents who are individual consumers with mailing addresses in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Commercial fleets are not eligible for these rebates. Not valid on previous purchases. Rebates are on a set of four tires. If your vehicle requires six tires, rebates are available on a prorated basis for the two additional tires. The prorated rebate amount, per additional tire, is 25% of the rebate amount listed above. The minimum purchase is a set of four tires and the maximum purchase is six tires per invoice. Purchases made on the Goodyear Credit Card are subject to credit approval. WITH THE PURCHASE OF A SET OF 4 OF THE FOLLOWING TIRES: Get a $100 Prepaid Card with purchase or $200 Prepaid Card with purchase on the Goodyear Credit Card of: Eagle F1 Asymmetric, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2, Eagle F1 SuperCar, Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. Get a $80 Prepaid Card with purchase or $160 Prepaid Card with purchase on the Goodyear Credit Card of: Assurance WeatherReady, Assurance ComforTred Touring, Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season & ROF, Wrangler DuraTrac. Get a $60 Prepaid Card with purchase or $120 Prepaid Card with purchase on Goodyear Credit Card of: Assurance MaxLife, Eagle Sport All-Season & ROF, Wrangler Fortitude HT, Wrangler TrailRunner AT, Ultra Grip Ice, Ultra Grip Ice WRT, Ultra Grip Winter. Get a $40 Prepaid Card with purchase or $80 Prepaid Card with purchase on Goodyear Credit Card of: Assurance All-Season, Wrangler SR-A.
Base portion of rebate offered by Goodyear and bonus portion of rebate offered by Citibank, N.A. The Goodyear Credit Card is issued by Citibank, N.A. Completed rebate form must be postmarked or submitted online no later than April 30, 2019. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for Prepaid Card delivery. Goodyear reserves the right to substitute a check of equal value in lieu of a Prepaid Card at its discretion. For additional questions, or to check the status of your rebate, you may visit www.GoodyearTireRebates.com or call the Goodyear Rebate Customer Service at 1-844-539-5503 weekdays, 8am to 8pm EST; Saturday 8 am to 1 pm EST. Fraudulent submissions will not be honored and may be prosecuted. Sponsor is not responsible for noncomplying rebate submissions or for lost, late, illegible, postage-due or undeliverable mail. Noncomplying rebate submissions will not be honored, acknowledged or returned. Void where taxed, restricted or prohibited by law. All decisions made by Goodyear (or its authorized representatives) relating to the validity of any submissions are final and binding. This promotion is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Retain copies of the materials you submit. Additional terms and conditions apply. Ask participating retailer for complete details and rebate form.
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From family’s Perry Hall auto shop to NASCAR, crew chief John Klausmeier finds his calling

At age 5, John Klausmeier would dismantle worn-out carburetors in his family’s Perry Hall auto shop to examine their innards. Now, at 37, he is crew chief for one of NASCAR’s top race teams.

As a kid, Klausmeier raced rusty old riding mowers at 10 mph around a banked dirt oval on his grandfather’s farm. Now, he builds sophisticated cars that roar down high-tech tracks at 20 times that speed.

Clearly, he has found his calling.

“I’ve reached the level where I want to be,” said Klausmeier, one of the youngest crew chiefs on the NASCAR circuit. “The job is like that of a head football coach; the work is demanding and it never stops. But you pinch yourself sometimes to make sure that you’re really doing what you love — and getting paid for it.”

A graduate of UMBC with a degree in mechanical engineering, Klausmeier runs Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 Ford team in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs, a grueling 10-race countdown for 16 drivers to determine the 2018 champion. The second race is Saturday night, a 300-lap event at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Last week, at Las Vegas, Klausmeier’s driver, Aric Almirola, placed sixth — a credible finish even if this weren’t Klausmeier’s rookie year as a crew chief.

“A lot of my success stems from the fact that Johnny is doing a helluva job,” said Almirola, 34, a seven-year veteran who is having his best season (a dozen top 10 finishes in 28 races). “He’s really smart and an incredibly hard worker who leads by example. He doesn’t just talk the talk; he’s in the thick of it every day, coming up with new ideas, and our guys look up to him for that.”

Klausmeier, who rose through the ranks, calls the shots for the 30-man team composed of engineers, shop mechanics and a pit crew of five who, perhaps six times a race, are expected to gas up Almirola’s Ford Fusion and change all four tires — in 12 seconds or less. Crises test their mettle and that of the crew chief, who responds like a triage doctor at the front.

“Things don’t always go as expected, and you’ve got to stay calm and cool while cars around you are going 200 miles an hour,” Klausmeier said. “Last week [in Las Vegas], with 120 laps to go, Aric hit a wall and creased his right front and rear fenders. We banged them out and used duct tape. It was crude but effective.”

Last month, during a race in Bristol, Tenn., their car developed a pin hole in the oil line, spraying oil on the front tires and blowing smoke out the rear. Repair time? Five minutes. Almirola finished 31st.

“You can’t just crack hot lines right away; some are pressurized,” Klausmeier said. “It’s the fluke things that drive you nuts — and they only happen when you’re having a good race.”

Pit stops breed chaos, and it’s his job to settle both driver and crew.

“The big thing is to stay relaxed, speak in a monotone and coach them through it,” he said.

That he has done, to date.

“In a very emotional sport, Johnny stays even-keeled,” Almirola said. “He never gets overly worked up. There’s no doubt he’s passionate, but he doesn’t allow that passion to override his composure.”

The son of an auto repairman, Kalusmeier took to cars early on. Junked parts were his LEGOs, and he’d tinker for hours in his father’s shop on Belair Road.

“I wanted to learn how things worked,” he said. “I was six when dad took my brother Michael and I to a NASCAR race in Dover [Del.], and I remember the smell of the track, tires and exhaust. The cars were so loud that when they went by, the sound of the percussion made your chest pound. As a kid, you think it’s cool — and racing affects me the same way today.”

As a youngster, he bought eight-inch model cars and raced them on the kitchen floor and in the driveway.

“I’d pretend I was the mechanic,” he said. “Never had much interest in driving.”

In middle school, he puttered at the repair shop after classes, changing tires, oil and brakes. Klausmeier, who attended Calvert Hall, spent weekends honing his skills by helping friends who raced cars at Lincoln Speedway (Pa.) and Capitol Raceway, in Crofton.

“John has always been pretty car-centric,” Carl Klausmeier said of his son. “He’s always had toys with wheels; as he got older, they added motors and oil. I knew [racing] was his goal from that first trip to Dover, when I sat in the stands complaining about chunks of rubber flying off the track and into my beer, while he looked like he was watching the Super Bowl.”

Nowadays, Klausmeier, who lives in Mooresville, N.C., dissects races from the top of the pit box, flanked by computers, revising strategies and speaking with his driver via radio.

“I try to talk to Aric on straightaways and not when he’s in a corner pulling two G’s and going 200 miles an hour,” he said.

“You might have little arguments, but it’s like a marriage — the driver is always right,” Klausmeier said.

Their alliance has blossomed, Almirola said.

“We don’t have to tiptoe around, or worry about hurting each other’s feelings, because we have mutual respect for each other,” the driver said. “Johnny doesn’t rule with an iron fist. He listens to people and is very open-minded, not set in his ways.”

Klausmeier’s knowledge has impressed Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.

“I mean, he just gets more confident every week,” Stewart said. “I think the engineering background is really the biggest thing that makes Johnny so good right now and having an understanding of how the car works, why it works that way. It gives him the ability to make very educated decisions on what changes need to be made to the race car.”

Crew chief and driver often hang together away from the track. On off days, the two ride bicycles, along with several others on the team, sometimes pedaling 60 miles down country roads wherever the NASCAR circuit has taken them.

“You get to breathe fresh air and clear your head,” Klausmeier said. “We need a Zen-like sport outside of this pressure environment to balance out the chaos of racing.”

Employed by Stewart-Haas since 2009, he was lead race engineer on the 2017 Daytona 500 championship won by Kurt Busch. It earned Klausmeier a champagne shower, on the spot, and a ceremonial ring.

“It [the ring] is a bit gaudy for me, but really cool,” he said.

Though he shepherds race cars from start to finish, Klausmeier doesn’t drive sporty models himself. His first set of wheels was a Chevrolet S-10 pickup; he now drives a Ford F-150 truck.

“I do have a black 1968 Camero back home [in Perry Hall],” he said. “Some day I’ll fix it up, but right now, there’s no time.”

Married, he has a son named Cam, who wasn’t named for the hot rod engine.

“It’s short for Camden,” Klausmeier said. “We had our wedding reception at Camden Yards.”

Other Marylanders actively working in NASCAR

Derrell Edwards (East Baltimore), 26, is the tire carrier and jackman for the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team piloted by playoff driver Austin Dillon, who captured the sport’s Super Bowl event – the season-opening Daytona 500 – in February. Edwards starred in basketball at Dunbar.

Shane Wilson (Edgewater), 32, was jackman for the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team driven by Kyle Larson, who is currently competing in the playoffs. An injury in August sidelined Wilson for the remainder of the season. Wilson attended Anne Arundel Community College.

Cory Baldwin (Severn), 27, is rear tire changer for the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota team driven by Regan Smith, who failed to qualify for the postseason.

David Charpentier (Havre de Grace), 59, is technical director for JTG Daugherty Racing’s two teams: the No. 47 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger and the No. 37 Chevrolet piloted by Chris Buescher. Neither made the playoffs. A Navy veteran, Charpentier is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College.

Brett McCutcheon (Barton, Allegany County), 31, is the front end mechanic for the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet team driven by Ty Dillon, which failed to make the postseason. McCutcheon attended Westmar High.