NASCAR Cup: Matt Borland joins Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman (left) and Matt Borland during a NASCAR test in December 2012 when both were with Stewart-Haas Racing (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).
By AMANDA VINCENT
Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that it has hired Matt Borland to be the crew chief on its No. 27 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2017 race season.
“Richard Childress Racing is one of NASCAR’s most prestigious race teams with a storied history, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this organization,” Borland said. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr. Eric Warren and the staff of talented engineers and employees. I’m confident my experience in various forms of motorsports will contribute to RCR’s continued success on the track.”
Borland currently is the Vice President of Technology for Stewart-Haas Racing and the related Formula 1 efforts of SHR co-owner Gene Haas. Prior to assuming that position, Borland accumulated significant experience as a NASCAR Cup-level crew chief with Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing. He worked with current Childress driver Ryan Newman at both Penske at Stewart-Haas. Across their times with both those race teams, the duo of Borland and Newman won 13 Cup races. Borland also spent time at Michael Waltrip Racing.
“Matt’s experience as an engineer in both NASCAR and Formula 1 will be critically important to the growth of RCR’s Sprint Cup Series program,” RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress said. “He has an impressive background and will be a great resource to our racing operations.”
Borland will replace Danny Stockman. Stockman will finish out the 2016 season as crew chief on the No. 27 team before returning to RCR’s Xfinity Series program.
“We thank Danny for his time as interim crew chief of the No. 27 team and look forward to having him back next season as crew chief inour Xfinity Series program,” Childress said. “Danny has played an integral role in our Xfinity Series success, and we’ll have a forthcoming announcement on his new responsibility.”