By AMANDA VINCENT
Darian Grubb is returning home to Hendrick Motorsports, so to speak, but not as a crew chief. According to a release from Hendrick Motorsports on Monday, Grubb will assume the newly-created role of Vehicle Production Director at HMS.
“We’re excited to welcome Darian back to Hendrick Motorsports,” Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Doug Duchardt said. “His resume speaks for itself, and he already has a deep understanding of our people, processes and culture. Teaming him with Kenny (Frances, HMS Vehicle Technical Director) on our vehicle efforts mirrors the management structure of our engine operation, which has been very effective, and it adds more depth to the organization as a whole. Darian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we know he will make us stronger.
Grubb’s initial stint with the Hendrick organization spanned 2003 through 2008. During that time, he worked as lead race engineer, crew chief and engineering manager before joining Stewart-Haas Racing for a crew chief position for the 2009 season. In 2011, he was the Sprint Cup championship crew chief for SHR driver and co-owner Tony Stewart before joining Joe Gibbs Racing for 2012. At JGR, Grubb worked as a crew chief for Denny Hamlin and then Carl Edwards in 2015.
“It means a lot to come back to Hendrick Motorsports,” Grubb said. “This is a role that will allow me to contribute to the success of the entire organization, which was very important to me. Kenny is someone I greatly respect, so the chance to work side-by-side with him was a big factor. Everything is familiar, and I think that will make for a smooth transition. The more we talked about the opportunity, the more it felt right. I’m ready to get started.”
At Joe Gibbs Racing, crew chiefs were recently shuffled slightly, with Dave Rogers taking over crew chiefing duties on the No. 19 team for Edwards, the position most recently held by Grubb.
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