NASCAR Cup: Richard Childress Racing hires Sammy Johns
Sammy Johns (left) and Kasey Kahne in 2007 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
On Tuesday, Richard Childress Racing announced the hiring of Sammy Johns to fill the role of Operations Director.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join such an iconic sports organization in Richard Childress Racing,” Johns said. “The level of engineering and technical expertise at RCR is second-to-none, and I look forward to contributing my knowledge and capabilities to helping this team succeed in 2017 and beyond.”
In his new role, Johns will have a role in “managing and coordinating the manufacturing and car assembly processes,” according to a Richard Childress Racing press release. He’ll also oversee the organization’s crew chief, among them the Nos. 3, 27 and 31 NASCAR premier series teams of drivers Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman.
“I have known and worked closely with Sammy since 2001 in a variety of teams and roles,” RCR Director of Competition Dr. Eric Warren said. “He is well-rounded and understands the sport from multiple perspectives. He has the hands-on experience of a crew chief, along with the understanding of what it takes to build a modern, technical racing organization, capable of winning races in today’s competitive environment.”
Johns worked as a crew chief with the now-defunct Andy Petree Racing before becoming the Director of Competition at Evernham Motorsports, a team that eventually became a part of Richard Petty Motorsports. His final position at RPM was Vice President of Operations.