NASCAR introduced immediately that Elton Sawyer has been named Senior Vice President of Competitors, changing Scott Miller, who will assume the brand new competitors strategic position inside the NASCAR Competitors Staff after greater than 40 years in motorsports.
NASCAR has additionally introduced the promotions of a number of people to key positions inside the Competitors Management Staff. John Probst was promoted to NASCAR’s Chief Racing Improvement Officer; Dr. Eric Jacuzzi has been promoted to NASCAR Vice President of Car Efficiency; Dr. John Patalak has been promoted to NASCAR’s Vice President, Security Engineering; And Brandon Thomas has been promoted to NASCAR Vice President, Car Design.
“Elton Sawyer has demonstrated unbelievable versatility throughout his 4 a long time in motorsports,” stated Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s Chief Working Officer. “After his lengthy driving profession, Elton has held key management positions for a number of racing groups and right here in NASCAR for the previous eight seasons. He’ll excel on this position, and we sit up for watching him proceed to develop his competitors crew throughout this significant period within the historical past of our sport.”
“We’re delighted that Scott Miller has chosen to stay an integral a part of the NASCAR competitors crew. When he joined NASCAR in 2016, Scott gave the job prompt credibility. A trusted voice within the storage, Scott has used his a long time of expertise to guide our competitors crew to new heights throughout A time that noticed a brand new racing format, a brand new qualifying format and a brand new race automobile The mark it makes on the group is important.
“John Probst’s management and relentless dedication to growing the next-generation automobile over the previous three years has been extraordinary. This challenge was among the many most difficult and essential endeavors in NASCAR historical past, and the work of such leaders as Probst, Dr. Eric Jacuzzi, Dr. John Patalak, Brandon Thomas and plenty of extra others have labored extremely arduous to not solely put this automobile on the race observe, but additionally make it successful for our trade and our followers.”
Sawyer joined NASCAR in February 2015 as Normal Supervisor of the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES. Most lately, he served as NASCAR’s Vice President, Technical Inspection and Administrator, a job he took over in 2016. On this capability, Sawyer oversaw racing occasion administration, transportation, and NASCAR’s official coaching and growth.
In his new position, Sawyer will oversee all elements of observe competitors, inspection, rule growth, and administration, with a particular give attention to NASCAR’s three nationwide collection—the NASCAR Cup Sequence, NASCAR Xfinity Sequence, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK Sequence.
“I have been a proud member of this extraordinary crew for eight years, and I sit up for persevering with to assist develop the nice competitors we have had over the previous a number of seasons,” stated Sawyer. “NASCAR racing has been my life for many years. I’ve a deep ardour for the game, and I’m honored to be able to assist a contest crew by way of these thrilling occasions.”
Sawyer started his racing profession competing at Langley Speedway in his dwelling state of Virginia. He first appeared on the NASCAR Nationwide Sequence scene in 1983, racing in what’s now often known as the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence. Previous to becoming a member of NASCAR, Sawyer served as Director of Staff Operations for IMSA’s Motion Categorical Racing. He additionally beforehand held competitors positions at Crimson Bull Racing and Evernham Motorsports.
Miller determined to step down after seven seasons main NASCAR’s aggressive observe crew, an period that included transformative progress and a few of the hardest competitors within the historical past of the game.
“After greater than 40 years driving round race automobiles week in and week out, it is time to step again and have a look at the following chapter of my motorsport life,” stated Miller. “I’m grateful to the France household and everybody at NASCAR for the chance they gave me seven years in the past, and I recognize the chance to remain within the fold to assist out nonetheless and wherever I can. Now we have a robust crew in NASCAR, and I am excited to remain part of it.”
Becoming a member of NASCAR in December of 2015, Miller will stay with the sanctioning physique as a contest strategist. On this capability, Miller’s focus will likely be on numerous “massive image” particular initiatives such because the Busch Gentle Conflict on the Coliseum, the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway and the Chicago Road Course, in addition to lengthy distance racing. Planning round NASCAR competitors technique.
Probst, who was lately named Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, has overseen the event and evolution of the next-generation race automobile, a groundbreaking innovation that has spawned quite a few superlatives on the observe—together with 19 completely different race winners. debut season. Probst joined NASCAR in 2016, the place he oversees an engineering group that develops and integrates new know-how into all elements of NASCAR competitors. Previous to becoming a member of NASCAR, Probst spent 10 years as Technical Director for each Chip Ganassi Racing (2011-16) and Crimson Bull Racing (2006-11). Probst started his profession as an engineer for Ford Motor Firm in 1994.
Jacuzzi, who runs aerodynamic engineering for NASCAR, joined the sanctioning physique after working as a computational aerodynamics skilled for Corvid Applied sciences and was employed by Richard Childress Racing. Since becoming a member of NASCAR in 2014, Jacuzzi has led the crew tasked with designing aerodynamic parts for racing autos for all three nationwide collection—together with the Subsequent Technology automobile—in addition to the Storage 56 automobile scheduled to run on the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Patalak, who has labored on the NASCAR R&D Heart since 2005, oversees NASCAR’s security crew, researching, growing and approving driver and car security techniques. On this position, Patalak additionally investigates all crashes and driver safety points. Previous to becoming a member of NASCAR, John labored for an engineering consulting agency that specialised in crash safety for automobiles and occupant safety.
Thomas joined NASCAR in 2019 afterward as crew chief and engineer with Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Petty Enterprises, Crimson Bull Racing, and Corridor of Fame Racing. Introduced into NASCAR to assist sponsor the Subsequent Technology challenge, Thomas has led the day-to-day administration of the Subsequent Technology automobile because the begin of the event cycle in 2019.