Second Layer Art – Indianapolis Monthly

Second Layer Art - Indianapolis Monthly

When Brian Goslee started working as a mechanic for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2004, he often pulled parts from IndyCars that were as fresh to the sport as he was. “Due to the demands of racing, we only run the parts for a short time,” says Goslee. “There are parts that we take out of service after just 2,000 miles.”

That always seemed like a waste to Goslee. With some experience in welding, the Speedway-based gearbox decided to make things from the easily used rods and pistons in their spare time. It wasn’t long before he put his racing career in the rearview mirror and focused entirely on making clocks, lamps and tables under the name Second Shift Art.

Today Goslee ships its pieces worldwide. He also makes hundreds of trophies for auto shows and other race-related events. Among the most prestigious? The Jason Johnson Bell Athlete of the Year Award for racing driver. “Jason Johnson rode in the World of Outlaws and sadly lost his life a few years ago,” says Goslee. “It’s one of the special trophies I win every year because I know what it means for the family and the people who win it.”

Regardless of what he does, Goslee first removes engine oil residue on the parts with solvents. Then he joins them with an electric welder. When working with gear sets, he makes sure to keep them together. “Two gears converge in a racing car throughout your life,” he says. “When I design my parts, I make sure the gears I’m using are paired. That offers the authenticity. “

Whether or not the Indy 500 is running this month, May always seems like a good time for Goslee’s sales. “My clocks and furniture are racing memorabilia that fans can identify with,” he says. “Having something that rode at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is pretty cool.”

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This crown gear translation watch features a carbon fiber face, authentic countershaft gear and an IndyCar crown gear with serial number. $ 60.

“During her entire life in a racing car, two gears converge. When I design my parts, I make sure that the gears I am using are paired. That offers the authenticity. ”