Childress moves to rev up his race team
Richard Childress is taking steps to shake things up at his stagnant race team.
Late last year, he hired Dr. Eric Warren, who has a PhD in engineering, to improve the team’s engineering and to restructure the operation which got just one win by Kevin Harvick out of its three teams and had Harvick as its only Chase for the Championship driver while Paul Menard and Jeff Burton finished outside the top 15 in points.
Warren brought in Mark McArdle as director of operations, a position McArdle also holds at Furniture Row Racing, which gets help from Richard Childress Racing and is for all practical purposes a fourth RCR team.
McArdle and Warren worked together on Ray Evernham’s team before he sold it.
“Eric is trying to create a new culture there,” McArdle said Tuesday during a NASCAR Media Tour session. “They had three one-car teams. He wants them working together so they are one three-car team.”
On Monday night, Childress said he has added six engineers and now had 30, which is a far cry from hiring Bobby Hutchens as his first engineer in 1989. Childress said he needs to hire more.
“I wondered if it was worth the money back then when I hired Bobby,” Childress said. “Now I’ve got 30. But it takes a bright, bright engineer to put together the simulation programs we had to run in developing the new generation car. Simulation programs are the biggest change but they design engine parts and work on aerodynamics. All that is over my head but they can take care of it.”
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