As the 2023 season approaches, NASCAR He made various changes to the competition section. Most notably the former driver Elton Sawyer He will assume the role of Senior Vice President of Competition, which entails overseeing all on-track activities, inspections, and management across cupAnd XfinityAnd Craftsman truck series.
Sawyer was a longtime veteran of the Xfinity Series, racing from 1983 to 2002 with two wins and multiple top five finishes. After ending his driving career, he continued to race as Competition Director for Red Bull and Evernham Motorsports. He was hired by NASCAR in 2015 as Truck Series General Manager before taking over as Chief Technical Inspector.
“I’ve been a proud member of this extraordinary team for eight years, and I look forward to continuing to help grow the great competition we’ve had over the past several seasons,” Sawyer stated. “NASCAR racing has been my life for decades. I have a deep passion for the sport, and I am honored to be in a position to help a competition team through these exciting times.”
Sawyer replaces Scott Millerwho has worked for NASCAR since 2015. Miller will remain involved in competition strategy, focusing on developing major events.
It also promoted NASCAR John Probst To the Chief Racing Development Officer and a trio of Eric JacuzziAnd John PatalakAnd Brandon Thomas For Vice President roles within the competition team. Jacuzzi will be the Vice President for Vehicle Performance, while Patalak and Thomas will be Vice President for Safety Engineering and Vice President for Vehicle Design respectively.
Probst was most recently Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, who helped develop the next-generation Cup Series car. He worked alongside Sawyer at Team Red Bull followed by a job at Chip Ganassi Racing as Technical Director before joining NASCAR.
Jacuzzi was an aerodynamic engineer for NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing. He oversaw the aerodynamic development of the Next Generation car and would do the same for the modified Next Generation car it was set to Run the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
Patalak is the longest-employed member of those with new jobs, having worked at NASCAR’s R&D Center since 2005. He is involved with the safety team and investigates wrecks and safety concerns.
Elton Sawyer has shown incredible versatility in his four decades in motorsports. NASCAR Chief Operating Officer said Steve O’Donnell. “Following his long driving career, Elton has held key leadership positions for several racing teams and here in NASCAR over the past eight seasons. He will excel in this role, and we look forward to watching him continue to grow his competition team during this crucial era in the history of our sport.”
“We are delighted that Scott Miller has chosen to remain an integral part of the NASCAR competition team. When he joined NASCAR in 2016, Scott gave the job instant credibility. A trusted voice in the garage, Scott has used his decades of experience to lead our competitors team to new heights during A time that saw a new racing format, a new elimination format, a new race car, the mark it makes on the organization is significant.
“John Probst’s leadership and relentless dedication to developing the next-generation car over the past three years has been extraordinary. This project has been among the most challenging and important endeavors in NASCAR history, and leaders such as Probst, Dr. Eric Jacuzzi, Dr. John Patalak, Brandon Thomas and others have worked Incredible effort to not only put this car on the race track, but also make it a success for our industry and our fans.”