UNC Charlotte Motorsports is located in the heart of NASCAR country and is the first stop for employers hiring interns and entry level engineers.

  • Within 50 miles of 90% of the NASCAR Cup Teams
  • Five miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway, just past the checkered flag
  • Over 22% of all NASCAR Cup Series engineers are UNC Charlotte graduates.

The UNC Charlotte Alan D. Kulwicki Motorsports Laboratory is named after the 1992 Winston Cup Champion and engineer, Alan Kulwicki. The Alan D. Kulwicki Motorsports Laboratory offers students 6800 square feet of training space, one of the largest in the Southeast.

Our program is rigorous and well respected in the automotive and racing industries. We offer one of the most innovative “hands-on” programs available in the U.S., allowing our students to be some of the most qualified applicants in motorsports. The cars built and raced by our students are their own design. Student designed. Student built. Student raced.

We ensure that our students have the opportunity to learn the theory that will help them on the race track or in an automotive manufacturing facility. They are exposed to some of the most well respected professionals in the racing and automotive industries, adding high level practical experience as a potential part of the training.

In Honor of Our Benefactor

UNC Charlotte’s connection with the legacy of Alan Kulwicki began in 1994 when R.J. Reynolds and racing fans helped establish the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Scholarship. Presented annually to an outstanding high school senior who has an affiliation with racing and is planning to major in mechanical engineering at UNC Charlotte, the four-year scholarship honors the memory of Kulwicki, who died in 1993.

Kulwicki was the first full-time driver in stock car racing to have a college degree in engineering. A trailblazer in the modern era of NASCAR racing, he was the first college graduate to win the NASCAR season championship and the first person to both own and drive for his own team. Kulwicki was a strong supporter of engineering and science education. His success helped to launch a new generation of motorsports engineering in NASCAR and at UNC Charlotte.