I'm an engineer in the Atlanta area (half an hour north of Midtown) with little motorsports experience, but I want to try this out. I spent a year on the Formula SAE team in college, have 4-5 years hobby machining experience (and a lathe at home), and do a lot of loads analysis and software development for work.
Does anyone have any pointers on where I can find teams that could use an extra wrench?
(I do like driving, but I'm more interesting in building than driving.)
Well, being an engineer means you have to find a team that needs a token engineer or is made up of all engineers (sarcasm but a kernel of truth).
I found all my team members right here on the forums but the forums have been fading out slowly. My team has cycled a large number of newbies through and currently can campaign two cars at any time with one made up entirely of newbies. TryTeams looking for Drivers or Drivers looking for Teams and post on the threads for individual races "Who is coming and what you bringing" offering to be a crew member to any race you want to go to. This is how I got started.
In the end you can always just go to a race, especially Friday during test and tune, walk around and meet teams. One of them will be short team members or know who is.