NASCAR names Sawyer as vp of competitors
NASCAR introduced a number of personnel strikes Wednesday, together with naming Elton Sawyer its senior vice chairman of competitors.
Sawyer (pictured above with Kyle Busch), a former driver, joined NASCAR in 2015 because the managing director of the Craftsman Truck Sequence. His most up-to-date function was NASCAR vice chairman of technical inspection and officiating.
As vice chairman of competitors, Sawyer will oversee all facets of on-track competitors, inspection, rule improvement and officiating.
“I’ve been a proud member of this extraordinary group for eight years, and I stay up for persevering with to assist develop the excellent competitors we’ve seen during the last a number of seasons,” Sawyer stated. “NASCAR racing has been my life for many years. I’ve a deep ardour for the game, and am honored to be ready to assist shepherd the Competitors group throughout these thrilling instances.”
Sawyer replaces Scott Miller within the function. Miller will oversee the newly fashioned function of competitors strategist throughout the NASCAR competitors group.
“Elton Sawyer has proven unbelievable versatility all through his four-plus many years in motorsports,” stated Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR chief working officer. “Following his prolonged driving profession, Elton held key management positions for a number of race groups and right here at NASCAR for the final eight seasons. He’ll excel on this function, and we stay up for watching him proceed to develop the Competitors group throughout this important period in our sport’s historical past.
“We’re thrilled that Scott Miller has chosen to stay a key a part of the NASCAR Competitors group. When he joined NASCAR in 2016, Scott lent speedy credibility to the place. A trusted voice within the storage, Scott used his many years of expertise to steer our Competitors group to new heights throughout a time that noticed a brand new race format, a brand new playoff format and a brand new race automotive. The mark he leaves on the group is important.”
Miller determined to step down from his function after seven seasons. In his new capability, he’ll deal with big-picture initiatives and long-lead planning round NASCAR competitors technique.
“After greater than 40 years round race automobiles week after week, it’s time to step again and have a look at the subsequent chapter of my life in motorsports,” Miller stated. “I’m grateful to the France household and everybody at NASCAR for the chance they gave me seven years in the past, and I respect the possibility to remain within the fold to assist nevertheless and wherever I can. We’ve a robust group at NASCAR, and I’m excited to stay part of it.”
4 different NASCAR executives had been promoted.
John Probst will function NASCAR chief racing improvement officer, whereas Dr. Eric Jacuzzi has been promoted to NASCAR vice chairman of auto efficiency.
Dr. John Patalak strikes into the function of NASCAR vice chairman of security engineering. Brandon Thomas was promoted to NASCAR vice chairman of auto design.
“John Probst’s management and tireless devotion within the improvement of the Subsequent Gen automotive during the last three years has been extraordinary. This undertaking was among the many most difficult and essential endeavors in NASCAR historical past, and leaders like Probst, Dr. Eric Jacuzzi, Dr. John Patalak, Brandon Thomas and plenty of others labored extremely arduous to not solely put this automotive on the racetrack, however to make it a hit for our business and our followers.”