#27 NASCAR Team News and Links

Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma


OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS

Richard Childress Racing
Team Menard
Childress Vineyards
Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
ECR Engines
RCR Street Performance Group

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS

Menard's
Menards partners featured on the hood at various races
Duracell
Dutch Boy
FVP
Knauf Insulation
Libman
Moen
Nibco
Peak
Richmond Water Heaters
Rockstar Energy Drink
Schrock
Schrock / Menard
Sylvania
Tarkett
Valvoline

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Richard Childress Racing - Twitter
RCR27PMenard - Twitter
Richard Childress Racing - Facebook
Richard Childress Racing - Instagram
Richard Childress Racing - YouTube
Paul Menard - Facebook

STATISTICS

Paul Menard - ESPN
Paul Menard - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO on the JAYSKI site about teams/drivers

2016 #27 Paint Scheme page
2015 #27 Paint Scheme page
2014 #27 Paint Scheme page
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

  • Menards partners featured on the hood of the #27 in 2016
    Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/13, Peak

    Daytona - 2/21, Peak
    Atlanta - 2/28, Valvoline
    Las Vegas - 3/6, Dutch Boy
    Phoenix - 3/13, Richmond Water Heaters
    Auto Club - 3/20, FVP
    Martinsville - 4/3, Libman
    Texas - 4/9, Rockstar Energy
    Bristol - 4/17, Tarkett
    Richmond - 4/24, Duracell
    Talladega - 5/1, Moen
    Kansas - 5/7, Nibco
    Dover - 5/15, Schrock
    Sprint Showdown, Charlotte - 5/20, Knauf
    Charlotte - 5/29, Knauf
    Pocono - 6/5, Richmond Water Heaters
    Michigan - 6/12, Knauf
    Sonoma - 6/26, Richmond Water Heaters
    Daytona - 7/2, Duracell
    Kentucky - 7/9, Sylvania
    New Hampshire - 7/17, Dutch Boy
    Indy - 7/24, Valvoline
    Pocono - 7/31, Moen
    Watkins Glen - 8/7, Richmond Water Heaters
    Bristol - 8/20, Knauf
    Michigan - 8/28, Sylvania
    Darlington - 9/4, Valvoline
    Richmond - 9/10, Dutch Boy
    Chicago - 9/18, Moen
    New Hampshire - 9/25, Libman
    Dover - 10/2, Duracell
    Charlotte - 10/8, Valvoline
    Kansas - 10/16, , FVP
    Talladega - 10/23, Sylvania
    Martinsville - 10/30, Dutch Boy
    Texas - 11/6, Schrock
    Phoenix - 11/13, Rustoleum
    Homestead - 11/20, Richmond Water Heaters
    (source: Paul Menard Empire, updated here as things change)

  • Contract Status: Sponsors: 2017; Driver: 2017


#27 Team News and Rumors
(NOTE: some older links may not work)

  • Richard Childress Racing Adds New Operations Director: Sammy Johns has joined Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the new operations director for the Welcome, North Carolina, racing organization. Johns will report directly to Dr. Eric Warren, director of competition for RCR. "I have known and worked closely with Sammy since 2001 in a variety of teams and roles," said Warren. "He is well rounded and understands the sport from multiple perspectives. He has the hands-on experience of a crew chief along with the understanding of what it takes to build a modern, technical racing organization capable of winning races in today's competitive environment."
    Johns will take on an integral role at RCR managing and coordinating the manufacturing and car assembly processes, along with overseeing the crew chiefs and general execution of the race teams. RCR's Technical Director, Mike Coughlan, will continue to focus the engineering department on improving the performance of the cars and the ability to create and use data for a competitive advantage. The Lakeland, Florida, native began his racing career at local short tracks before being named crew chief at Andy Petree Racing. From there, Johns shifted gears and joined Evernham Motorsports as director of competition. He remained a permanent fixture within the organization through 2009 when the company officially became Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). Johns transitioned into a new role of vice president of operations with RPM and resumed his title until earlier this year.
    "I am grateful for the opportunity to join such an iconic sports organization in Richard Childress Racing," Johns said. "The level of engineering and technical expertise at RCR is second-to-none, and I look forward to contributing my knowledge and capabilities to helping this team succeed in 2017 and beyond."(RCR)(11-30-2016)

  • NASCAR to examine issues from Texas: NASCAR will investigate two incidents from this weekend's activities at Texas Motor Speedway - one which sidelined Matt DiBenedetto, a second that sent a crewman to the infield care center. DiBenedetto, 25, suffered a mild concussion while driving the #14 Toyota for Mark Smith in Saturday's Xfinity Series race. DiBenedetto was not cleared to compete for BK Racing in Sunday's AAA Texas 500. Appearing on SiriusXM Radio on Monday, NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell said while it was unfortunate that DiBenedetto was unable to race on Sunday, safety comes first. "We rely on outside experts to make that call," O'Donnell said. "In this case, Matt was diagnosed with a concussion. So, the road back for him would be to see a board-certified neurologist. I believe he's planning on doing that today. If he's cleared, he'd be back in the car as early as this weekend at Phoenix, which is what we're all hoping for - to see him out there racing. When it comes to concussion protocol, O'Donnell said there is not one specific process used to diagnose all drivers.
    Mason Jennings, tire specialist for Paul Menard, had ringing in his ears following an inner liner explosion on the #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy. Menard came in for service after he spun in Turn 4 on Lap 143 and flat-spotted his tires. "We will work with Goodyear," O'Donnell said. "We've got a lot of that we'll take back to the R&D Center and continue to look at what, if any, findings can come of that. We will obviously talk to everyone that was involved. Now we really have to take a deeper dive and look further at the tire and see how that gets prevented moving forward...We have our safety experts that will look at this and also look at the competitive aspect to see if there was anything different with this tire. We don't ever want to see this happen again. If we can put something quickly in place we will do that immediately."(Motorsport)(11-8-2016)

  • Menard crew member ok after pit incident: Mason Jennings, a tire specialist on the #27 of Paul Menard, was unharmed and had ringing in his ears after a tire appeared to explode during a Menard pit stop in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. But according to a Goodyear tire official, the tire did not explode. The accident was a "fluke," a result of the tire's inner liner slipping completely off the wheel. Menard was in the pits after spinning in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 143. "When a car spins it generally flat spots the tires, which is exactly what happened here," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "It flat spotted both front (tires). The damage that was done to the left front as he drove around the race track looked like it partially unseated the inner liner. So it was actually the inner liner that let go on pit road. It wasn't the tire itself. The tire was already down." Jennings was taken to the infield medical center but released.(NBC Sports)(11-7-2016)

  • Matt Borland getting back to NASCAR as crew chief UPDATE: Matt Borland is getting back in the NASCAR game. Sources told Motorsport.com that Borland will join Richard Childress Racing. Borland, 45, worked as a crew chief for 10 seasons in NASCAR before he was promoted to Vice President of Competition for Stewart Haas Racing. Borland rose up the ranks with rookie Ryan Newman for one race in 2000 through the A-B-C development program established at Penske. After a brief stint with Michael Waltrip Racing and Dale Jarrett to start the 2007 season, Borland joined Haas CNC Racing as director of competition and remained through the transition to SHR in 2012. Newman moved to RCR for the 2014 season and signed a contract extension last month. After his friend's departure, Borland had delved into the engineering end of SHR and shifted his concentration to Haas' Formula 1 project. (Motorsport)(11-1-2016)
    UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing has named Matt Borland as crew chief for its #27 Menards NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. Borland will begin his duties as crew chief at the conclusion of the 2016 season, replacing interim crew chief Danny Stockman. Stockman will return to RCR's NASCAR XFINITY Series program, where he has won seven races and the 2013 Series championship. Borland, a seasoned NASCAR engineer and crew chief, brings to RCR more than 20 years of motorsports experience. Most recently, he served as vice president of technology for Stewart-Haas Racing where he oversaw the team's NASCAR and Formula 1 operations, while managing its engineering staff of 30.(Richard Childress Racing)(11-2-2016)

  • RCR's cars to run decals in Memory of Johnny Siler: All Richard Childress Racing entries will run decals in memory of long-time RCR fabricator Johnny Siler this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Siler passed away on September 24 following a battle with cancer. His 22-year career at RCR was more than a job, it was his passion and he truly loved it.(RCR)(10-7-2016)

  • Menard "pretty close" to announcing new deal with RCR UPDATE: Paul Menard is in his sixth season campaigning in the #27 Menard's Chevy. His sole Cup win with the organization came in the 2011 Brickyard 400. When asked about the status of his contract with RCR after finishing second in Saturday's Zippo 200 at the Glen, he said that they are "pretty close" to an extension. "We'll get to that in the next few weeks and make sure we let you guys know," he added.(Motorsport)(8-7-2016)
    UPDATE: Roger Penske has sponsorship locked down for three of his IndyCar teams next season, with Menards signing on for 10 races with Simon Pagenaud to drive the bright yellow colors of the home improvement store. The announcement Saturday returns John Menard to a high-profile role in IndyCar after a long absence. The billionaire was a team owner and sponsor in the series but walked away after the 2004 season to back his son, Paul, in NASCAR. Menard made a slow return to Indy this year as a sponsor for Pagenaud in the 100th Indianapolis 500, and that deal grew to cover five races. Menard says he and Paul Menard are signed with Richard Childress Racing in NASCAR through 2017, so moving his son to Penske's organization is not currently being discussed.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(9-18-2016)

  • Childress close to finalizing 2017 plans UPDATES: Car owner Richard Childress anticipates he'll know his 2017 driver lineup within three weeks. While Childress told NBC Sports on Thursday that "we've still got a couple of months before we make any real decisions," he did say that "we'll kind of know in the next two or three weeks. We'll have a direction." The main question for the three-car organization is #31-Ryan Newman's status. He's in the final year of his contract, and Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears set to move to Sprint Cup next season. The team also includes #27-Paul Menard, who is 23rd in the points. Childress said Menard's is expected to return to the team as sponsor next year. The final member of the team is #3-Austin Dillon, who is 13th in points and seeking to make the playoffs for the first time.
    Ty Dillon has driven eight Sprint Cup races this season. He drove three races for Tony Stewart early in the season and has run five races for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. "I think he'll be in a Cup car next year," Childress said of Ty Dillon. "I'm pretty sure he'll be in a Cup car. We're working on some different programs. Hell, he may be with us, who knows? We're just working on a lot of different things. Right now it's just a lot of things are hanging. We're trying to put together what's going to be the best for everybody, not just for RCR, but for the drivers and the sponsors, we're trying to put together good programs."(NBC Sports)(7-22-2016)
    UPDATE Richard Childress Racing is expected to announce its 2017 Sprint Cup Series driver lineup in the coming weeks. Ryan Newman, in his third season as driver of the #31 RCR Chevrolet, isn't quite sure if he'll be a part of it. "We haven't talked about it in-depth yet, but we have talked about it," Newman, 13th in points, said Thursday at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. "Hopefully, we'll get to sit down and talk about it soon." While Newman offers consistent, above-average production week in and week out, RCR may be faced with a tough decision as Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears ready for a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride with no clear path to a spot for him. Still, the team owner told NASCAR.com earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway that he's planning on having the '16 XFINITY Series title hopeful in a Sprint Cup car full-time in 2017, while the exact organization and ride has yet to be finalized. Right now, Newman doesn't appear to be getting his ducks in order just yet on the off chance he finds himself ousted from his ride in favor of the younger Dillon. "I plan on (coming back)," he said. "If they'll have me back, I'll be there."(NASCAR.com)
    AND: The team is a question mark, the number is uncertain and the logistics are still behind closed doors. But one thing's for certain: If he has his way, Ty Dillon will be in a Sprint Cup Series ride next season. "I fully plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series next year full time," Dillon said Friday at Iowa Speedway. "We've got a lot of options on the table. A lot of chips still left to fall before we kind of get to that point, but hopefully we'll have something really close to getting done in a month or so." With #31 driver Ryan Newman's RCR contract up after this season, it looks to be seen whether or not Dillon will take his place as the driver of the team's third car or if organization will add a fourth car. The possibility of driving for a different team also looms. "Talks have progressed a lot further than they have in past years," Dillon said. "I had talks with other teams in the past couple years and had opportunities, but it's always been my dream to drive for RCR and be teammates with my brother. "But now it seems like the time's more and more important. We've got some things going with RCR but we're still slowly working on other options."(NASCAR.com)(7-30-2016)

  • Menard's Darlington throwback scheme unveiled: Paul Menard's Richard Childress Racing #27 Chevy will carry the gray, orange and black color scheme used by Al Unser Jr. for the 1993 Daytona 500 with sponsor Valvoline featured on the hood when the series travels to Darlington Raceway for the annual Labor Day weekend classic. "Little Al's first NASCAR race was the Daytona 500 in 1993," Menard said earlier this week as preparations for the unveiling of the paint scheme got underway. "The partnership with Valvoline this year -- we got to talking earlier about who some of my racing heroes were and Al Jr. was right away, even without the Valvoline relationship. I've always been a huge fan of his. He was the guy in IndyCar that I always pulled for." Menard said he met the former open-wheel champion and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 "when I was probably 12."
    "I remember; he probably doesn't," Menard continued. "But I pulled up (this morning) ... and he was standing out in the parking lot. We were out there talking probably 10 or 15 minutes, just about the '93 (Daytona) 500, his autocross stuff that he's doing now, just talking about a little bit of racing." When told that Menard and Valvoline were bringing the original paint scheme back to the track for the Darlington throwback weekend, Unser said he was "just overwhelmed."(NASCAR.com), see images of the scheme on the #27 Team Schemes page.(7-29-2016)

  • Stockman replaces Alexander as Menard's crew chief: Richard Childress Racing has made a change in crew chiefs for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series programs, effective immediately. Danny Stockman, a two-time champion in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series, will assume crew chief responsibilities for the #27 Menards Chevrolet SS team, with driver Paul Menard. Stockman's first race with the team will be at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 31. During Stockman's seven-year tenure with RCR, he has captured two championships and nine wins between the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. The Yucaipa, Calif., native joins the #27 program already familiar with Menard, having worked with the veteran driver for the past two years in the XFINITY Series. Together, they produced a race win at Road America in 2015. Menard, who earned a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase in 2015, is currently 23rd in the championship point standings. RCR's current NASCAR XFINITY Series Director, Gil Martin, will serve as interim crew chief for the #2 Rheem/Menards program. Martin, a 16-year veteran of RCR, is among a select group of crew chiefs that have won races in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.(Richard Childress Racing)(7-25-2016)

  • Richard Childress Racing announces promotion, new staff: Richard Childress Racing has promoted Jeremy Burleson to the newly created position of Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Communications and has added Carl Anderson and Jay Pennell to the team. Burleson, a Locust, N.C., native joined RCR in 2008 as partnership marketing manager. Since that time, his role has grown to include overseeing a staff of 12 marketing and communications professionals as the Managing Director of Marketing/Communications. In addition to Burleson's enhanced role, RCR has enriched the front office staff with the addition of Carl Anderson to the Business Development team and Jay Pennell to the Communications team.
    Anderson joins RCR with an impressive academic background and sales experience. He previously served as a Corporate Sponsorship Account Executive at IMG College in Huntington, W.Va and also has group sales experience with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.
    Pennell joins RCR with significant experience and knowledge in the digital media and content arenas, which he will be utilizing to help produce and generate original content for RCR's digital space. His responsibilities also include management of the #33 XFINITY Series program with Brandon Jones. Pennell has been a writer for SB Nation, spent the past several years as the digital writer/editor for FOX Sports, and most recently was a freelance writer for NASCAR.com.(RCR)(5-17-2016)

  • Menards sponsoring Penske in Indy 500: Team Penske announced that Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company with locations throughout the Midwest, will sponsor the #22 car and driver Simon Pagenaud for two races during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series, including this year's 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29th. Menards will adorn the side of the #22 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet both at the Indy 500 as well as the series' return to Road America in June. The company will also be an associate sponsor on the #22 Team Penske car for the balance of the 2016 season. The announcement marks a return for Menards to the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Wisconsin-based company raced as a sponsor in INDYCAR from 1996-2003 but the return to action this season represents Menards first taste of series competition in 13 years. A Menards-sponsored car captured the Indy Racing League title in both 1997 with driver Tony Stewart and in 1999 with driver Greg Ray. With its track record of success in INDYCAR, Menards returns this season with a clear goal of winning its first Indianapolis 500. In addition to its history in INDYCAR competition, Menards has been a long-time supporter in other forms of motorsports, including NASCAR.(Team Penske)(3-23-2016)

  • FVP on the hood for Menard..what is FVP? image: #27-Paul Menard's Chevy will run a FVP / Menards scheme at Auto Club Speedway. FVP will also be featured on the hood of the #27 Chevy in one more race in 2016, at Kansas in October. Built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service, FVP has been the confident solution for customers nationwide since 2005. FVP products are engineered to provide OE quality that is equal or superior in performance to national brands at a competitive price. FVP offers batteries, radiators, condensers, hub assemblies, automotive filters, antifreeze, DEF, oil, ATF and automotive chemicals (RCR), see an image of the car on the #27 Team Schemes page (3-18-2016)

  • RCR cars have parts impounded: Richard Childress Racing's three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars had trouble in pre-race inspection Sunday. After multiple trips through the line, NASCAR pulled the #3 of Austin Dillon, #27 of Paul Menard and #31 of Ryan Newman out of inspection and confiscated the braces in the right rear corners of their respective vehicles. According to NASCAR, the parts in question were optional braces (brackets) in the rear-wheel area of the cars. NASCAR officials had them removed and will take the parts back to the R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. No penalties ... are expected ... according to NASCAR.(NASCAR.com)(2-29-2016)

  • Former RCR Team Pilot Killed in Crash: A pilot died Thursday night after his plane crashed in a wooded area in Union County, authorities said. Officials identified the pilot as Jim Cook, 68, of Lexington, NC. Cook reported engine problems before the plane went down. Investigators said he was the only person on board. Cook was a long time pilot for Richard Childress Racing. He retired from the race team and was working part-time for various corporate customers.(WSCO)(2-19-2016)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 28th class of inductees: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced its 28th class of inductees at Daytona International Speedway, continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring legendary figures from a wide variety of racing disciplines.
    The seven-person class of 2016 inductees: Everett Brashear, Richard Childress, Gary Gabelich, Chip Ganassi, Dave McClelland, Sam Posey and Bob Sweikert. Collectively, the illustrious group represents motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, land speed records, drag boat records, drag racing and open-wheel racing. They will be enshrined at the 28th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone on the evening of June 29 at Daytona International Speedway, the new home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Friday's announcement was made in the Daytona International Speedway media center as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, with domestic and international media in attendance. The MSHFA has previously inducted 223 motorsports luminaries; inductees are selected by a 200-person voting panel that includes past racing greats Mario Andretti, Craig Breedlove, Don Emde, Don Garlits and Richard Petty. Tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling 248.349.7223 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.(MSHFA)(1-30-2016)

  • Nexteer Automotive joins RCR: Nexteer Automotive joins Richard Childress Racing's family of companies in 2016 with a partnership that positions the global leader in intuitive motion control with the 47-year-old NASCAR organization in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Nexteer Automotive will serve as a primary partner on the #33 Chevy driven by Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Jones in the XFINITY Series for select races in 2016. Nexteer will serve as a major associate partner on the #33 Chevrolet for the remainder of the races. Nexteer will also have a presence in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a major associate partner for select races with #95-Ty Dillon.(RCR)(1-22-2016)

  • New pit crew coach at RCR: Eric Wilson has stepped down as head coach of Richard Childress Racing's pit crews effective immediately. Wilson took over the coaching job 3 years ago when Matt Clark was released. Wilson's plans are unclear to us at this time but what is clear is that Ray Wright will be taking over. Wright has been the strength and conditioning coach for the last 7 years and will now transition to the coaching role. Ray was also the rear tire carrier for the #27 of Paul Menard. Taking his place over the wall will be Adam Mestenmacher. As far as the strength condition role goes, we are hearing that Tyler Radar will be taking over the void for the foreseeable future. Rader also fuels the #30 Cup car on Sundays.(PitTalks)(11-16-2015)

  • RCR names Gil Martin Competition Director for XFINITY teams: Richard Childress Racing has assigned industry veteran and longtime RCR crew chief Gil Martin as its Competition Director for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, effective immediately. "Gil has been in this role before with RCR and we are confident he will do as solid a job as he did before," said Dr. Eric Warren, Director of Competition for RCR. "Gil has a tradition of success with this team and his leadership role with our XFINITY Series program will make our four teams even stronger." Martin, formerly crew chief of the #3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and Director of Research & Development, has been with RCR since 2000. He is among a select group of crew chiefs that have won races in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Martin guided the #2 XFINITY Series team with driver Clint Bowyer to the 2005 XFINITY Series driver championship.(Richard Childress Racing)(10-21-2015)

  • Spotter change for Menard:
    Billy O'Dea is taking over spotting duties for the #27 Menard's Chevy and driver Paul Menard effective immediately. The veteran spotter has worked at Richard Childress Racing for 18 seasons, most recently with Ty Dillon. He was Kevin Harvick's spotter for nine years before the driver moved to Stewart-Haas Racing. O'Dea will continue with Dillon in the Xfinity Series races, except when there's a schedule conflict. O'Dea replaces Stevie Reeves, who has been with Menard for nine seasons. Prior to Menard, Reeves spotted on the #48 with Jimmie Johnson. "It was going to happen," Reeves said. "It was time for us to do something different. It's just good it happened now because it gives me time to look." Reeves remains friends with Menard and will continue to spot for Brendan Gaughan in the Xfinity Series.(Motorsport)(10-9-2015)

  • Menard's sponsorship returns in 2016 on #27: Paul Menard and Richard Childress Racing have both confirmed that the Menard's sponsorship will continue on the #27 Chevy along with the driver in 2016. "It's always good to have them back," Childress told Motorsport.com. "We kind of work a year-to-year deal. We got a three-year deal with options so it's good to have them back. Paul's a good race car driver. They're good people to work with and we like promoting their business."(Motorsport)(9-11-2015)

  • RCR adding to engineering department: When Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, he didn't get to Victory Lane alone. Certainly, there was the unwavering investment of time and effort of his Furniture Row Racing team. But the engine and the chassis underneath Truex came from a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. JTG Daugherty Racing, Germain Racing and Circle Sport Racing also enjoys similar relationship the Welcome, N.C.-based race shop which has increased technological investment considerably over last year. RCR's Competition Director Dr. Eric Warren wasn't kidding when he referred to RCR's engineering department as the United Nations. In 2015, RCR has bolstered its resources with talent from all over the globe but primarily Formula One.
    In January, Amro Karim, Miguel Botella, Travis Slagle, Richard Youden and Ben Siegle were added to RCR's engineering department. Karim most recently was a Vehicle Performance Engineer with Marussia F1 but also worked as a F1 Project Engineer for Wirth Research. Bottella was a Software Engineer at both Caterham F1 and HRT F1 Team. Younden was as an Electronics & Control Systems Engineer at Williams F1. Previously, he worked as an Applications Engineer at Racelogic, an Electronics Design Engineer at Hasford Sensors and a Systems Engineer at Honda Racing F1 and Stack Ltd. Slagle advanced from a Systems Engineer at Moog to Systems Development Lead prior to joining RCR. On June 1, Javier Marcos Padros, a performance engineer from Williams F1 and DIL Simulator Engineer Lawrence Hodge, who also worked as a Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari F1 and McLaren Racing, joined the fold.(Motorsport)(6-12-2015)

  • Robin Johnson named VP of Business Development for RCR: Richard Childress Racing has named Robin Johnson as its new Vice President of Business Development to oversee sponsorship sales and partnership expansion, effective immediately. Johnson brings more than 20 years of combined legal and business development leadership to the multi-championship NASCAR team. He most recently served as the General Counsel for the S.C. State Treasurer's Office. Prior to that position, the South Carolina native served in similar business development roles at Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, where he helped build what was arguably one of the most respected sponsorship bases in professional sports during his tenure. Johnson is an honor graduate of The Citadel (class of 1986) earning his B.S. degree in business administration. He is also an honor graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is licensed in South Carolina and New York. Robin is married to Emily Linder Johnson of Bennettsville, SC, and they have three children - Erin, Lachlan and Jake.(RCR)(5-27-2015)

  • RCR implementing safety changes for its pit crews: Richard Childress Racing is requiring all its over-the-wall pit crew members to wear fire-protective head socks and is looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear after pit fires at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, the team confirmed to NASCAR Talk. Two crew members from Brendan Gaughan's Xfinity team were injured in a pit fire April 24 at Richmond. A small fire broke out during one of Ryan Newman's pit stops in last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. No one was injured. An RCR spokesperson emailed a statement to NASCAR Talk about the team's plans for its pit crews.
    "RCR has always preached safety with our crew members and after the Richmond pit road incident, we reviewed our internal policies and procedures to determine what further changes were warranted," team spokesperson Tim Packman wrote in an email. "From that, we were able to make necessary changes to help prevent that from happening again as we had a mechanical failure on one of the gas cans at Richmond, which led to the large amount of fuel being spilled. This was not related to the #31 incident at Talladega. As of right now, we are requiring all over-the-wall crew members to wear full head socks. We are also looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear, but those discussions are ongoing. Some of the crew members were already using full helmets this past weekend."
    NASCAR requires only the gas man wear a fire-protective head sock (along with uniform, shoes, full-face helmet, gloves, fueler apron and head sock or helmet skirt). NASCAR requires over-the-wall pit crew members to have a uniform, shoes and helmet. Gloves, a head sock or helmet skirt, underwear and socks are recommended.(NBC Sports)(5-7-2015)

  • RCR Partner Chartwell Seeks Equity Sale: Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, a premier sports enterprise focused primarily on NASCAR race teams, has advised its employees, drivers and key sponsors that RCR's minority partner, Chartwell Investments and RCR have hired Houlihan Lokey to assist in exploring strategic alternatives for the sale of its equity position in the company. Houlihan Lokey is serving as financial advisor to RCR. Questions regarding the process should be directed to Lee Ann Gliha (RCR).(2-26-2015)

  • Congrats to Paul Menard: and his wife Jennifer on the birth of their daughter, Remi Barbara Christine Menard. Remi was born Tuesday night.(3-20-2014)


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9 Tomy Drissi, Coy Gibbs, Brad Teague, Steve Richards

10 Mike 'Jimbo' Barrientos, Makayla Ann McSwain, Jerry Honeycut

11 Frankie Adamczyk, Mariah Belber, Eric McClure, Chris Horn, Tony Eury Sr., Jon Bernal

12 Ed Watkins, Rick Pennington, Emerson Fittipaldi

13 Army National Guard, Jim Vandiver, Jarrett Andretti, David Stover, Mark Nickels, Michael Mumford

14 NASCAR (meeting at Streamline Hotel), Alan Kulwicki, Hershel McGriff, Darrin Dykes, Steve Hmiel, Bob Tracey, Harry McMullen

15 Jeff Beck, Eli Gold, Lance McGrew

16 A.J. Allmendinger

17 Mike Beam, Dustin Long, Matt Martin, Montgomery Lee Petty, Bobby East

18 Ted Musgrave, Vic Irvan, Tom Polansky

19 Patty Moise, Paul Tracy, Sheldon Schrader, John Monsam

20 Erin Marco, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, Kinsley Parsons

21 Daniel Knost, Travis Kittleson, Michael McDowell

22 David Pearson, Owen Larson

23 Fr. Steven Janoski, Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye

24 David Ragan, Mike Curb, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch

25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer

26 Ben Kennedy, Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick

27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh

28 Jack Ingram, Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns

29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Hal Martin, Jessica Stroupe, Harold Smith, Ray Kelly

30 Fred Lorenzen, L.D. Ottinger, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier, Shane Huffman, Burt Myers

31 Ryan Blaney, Riley Craven, Benny Ertel, Joe Hicks, Dorthy Schrader, Beth Simons-Dykes, John Wes Townley

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