Race Engineer, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang
Matt Mote begins his first year with Team Penske in 2020 working alongside NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) crew chief Brian Wilson as the race engineer for Austin Cindric and the No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang.
Before joining the team, Mote served as the race engineer for GMS Racing and the No. 23 car driven by John Hunter Nemechek during the 2019 season. Mote helped lead the No. 23 team to six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes last season as the team enjoyed a strong Playoff run and finished seventh in the series championship standings.
A native of Columbus, Ind., Mote's passion for racing developed early on in his life. From middle school to college he raced karts on dirt ovals and while working on his own kart, he cultivated his craft and enthusiasm for engineering.
Mote attended Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he earned a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree in May of 2017.
Mote began his career in racing working as an intern for Hendrick Motorsports. He joined Thorsport Racing in 2016, working with Rico Abreu and Grant Enfinger on the No. 98 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Mote then transitioned to GMS Racing, working with the No. 96 NXS team and driver Ben Kennedy, before he moved to the No. 23 team where he worked for the remainder of his time with the team. Mote gained valuable experience working with some of the biggest names in racing including A.J. Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Bill Elliott and Chase Elliott, and he helped capture a Talladega victory with Spencer Gallagher in 2018.
The 25-year-old Mote will try and help add to the winning legacy of the No. 22 Ford Mustang team this season as they chase the squad's fifth Xfinity Series Owner title and second driver championship in its history.
When Mote is not at the racetrack, he enjoys spending time on the lake with his wife and one-year-old Golden Retriever, Tucker.