Skip to content

With big year coming, Stewart-Haas Racing reorganizes

Nov 19, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Tony Stewart Getty Images

As Stewart-Haas Racing prepares to expand to a four-car lineup for next year’s Sprint Cup campaign, the team has announced a series of organizational changes to its competition department – chief among them being the hiring of former Michael Waltrip Racing crew chief Chad Johnston to fill the same role for its recuperating driver/co-owner, Tony Stewart.

Johnston completed his tenure at MWR in Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Like his driver, Martin Truex Jr., he too was told by MWR that he was free to look for new employment after the team announced it would drop to two full-time cars in 2014 following the loss of sponsor NAPA; Truex is moving on to Furniture Row Racing to drive its No. 78 car.

Stewart and Johnston worked together briefly back in 2004-2005 at Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series. At that time, Stewart raced a handful of CWTS events for the team, with Johnston serving as race engineer.

Additionally, Daniel Knost will make his debut as a crew chief next season for Kurt Busch‘s No. 41 squad after serving as race engineer for the No. 39 of now-departed Ryan Newman. Before going to the No. 39, Knost – who has been with SHR since 2008 – was race engineer for Danica Patrick in an eight-race stretch during the 2012 season.

Other major notes from SHR’s reorganization:

  • Rodney Childers, who joined SHR last month, will be crew chief for the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick. He most recently was crew chief for the No. 55 MWR team of Brian Vickers, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip.
  • Tony Gibson will remain crew chief for Patrick on the No. 10 car.
  • Greg Zipadelli has been promoted to the role of vice president of competition, where he’ll manage all four Cup squads.
  • Matt Borland has been named vice president of engineering and will oversee the team’s technical side, as well as various research and development projects. A team release also notes that he’ll shift from being an active crew chief “to that of a mentor, specifically in regard to the crew chief position on the No. 41 Haas Automation team of driver Kurt Busch” – namely, Knost.

In a statement, Stewart said that with the changes, the team is set to transform seamlessly into a bigger operation.

“Obviously, there is a lot of change happening for 2014 as we grow to four teams and bring in Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch,” he said. “But with our new management structure and the crew chiefs we have in place, we’re well positioned to handle whatever challenges come our way.

“Collectively, we have the experience and wherewithal necessary for each of our teams to perform at the highest level possible.”

Latest Posts
  1. Rosberg and Hamilton set to talk about Bahrain battle

    Apr 17, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Hamilton of Britain is congratulated by Rosberg of Germany on the podium after he won the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir Reuters

    Rosberg felt that Hamilton overstepped the mark with one of his moves in Bahrain.

  2. Alonso: We’re ready to fight back in China

    Apr 17, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of China - Previews Getty Images

    After Stefano Domenicali’s departure, there’s a change in the wind at Ferrari.

  3. IMSA: Muscle Milk pulls out of TUDOR Championship; next move TBD

    Apr 17, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

    2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona - Preview Getty Images

    Muscle Milk Pickett Racing withdraws from the TUDOR Championship, after previously announcing a temporary hiatus.

  4. 2014 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

    Apr 17, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    F1 Grand Prix of China - Previews Getty Images

    The final eastern adventure until October looks to be a Mercedes game once again, but a number of other stories are set to define the weekend.

  5. True Americana with a racing twist: Martinsville Speedway once again hosts high school prom after-party

    Apr 16, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

    Two weeks after NASCAR made its most recent visit there, Martinsville Speedway's infield was transformed from a racing venue to a prom after party for students of Martinsville High School. (Photo courtesy Martinsville Speedway) Two weeks after NASCAR made its most recent visit there, Martinsville Speedway's infield was transformed from a racing venue to a prom after party for students of Martinsville High School. (Photo courtesy Martinsville Speedway)

    What do Martinsville Speedway, New York’s Central Park and a prom after-party have in common? They’re all one-in-the-same – kind of. For over a decade every April, NASCAR’s oldest racetrack has played host to Martinsville (Va.) High School’s prom after-party.

  6. Cooler heads prevail as IndyCar drivers test at Texas (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Credit: Texas Motor Speedway Credit: Texas Motor Speedway

    A few days after a wild Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, 18 car/driver combinations turned laps at Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon.

  7. Four-Wide win ties Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines with late NHRA legend, friend John Myers

    Apr 16, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

    Andrew Hines (photo courtesy NHRA) Andrew Hines (photo courtesy NHRA)

    Sunday’s win in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway held special significance for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines. The three-time NHRA PSM champion earned his 33rd national event win, tying him for third in Pro Stock Motorcycle’s wins list with the late John Myers.

  8. Motivation for Luiz Razia? The Long Beach podium staring him in the face

    Apr 16, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    F1 Testing in Jerez - Day Four Getty Images

    Schmidt Peterson driver Luiz Razia posts photo of the Long Beach podium to inspire him to get better.

  9. Marcus Jadotte, led NASCAR’s diversity initiative, leaving sanctioning body

    Apr 16, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

    Marcus Jadotte

    Marcus Jadotte, one of the leading forces behind NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program over nearly the last decade, announced Wednesday that he’s leaving as the organization’s vice president of public affairs and multicultural development.

  10. NASCAR AMERICA: Wednesday round-up (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

    nascar america

    Steve Letarte, Ricky Rudd offer insights on Wednesday’s NASCAR AMERICA.

  11. Saavedra docked $10,000, placed on probation post-Long Beach

    Apr 16, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Getty Images

    Sebastian Saavedra fined $10,000 for yellow-flag infraction in Long Beach.

  12. Pirelli World Challenge: Bentleys confirmed for Dyson Racing

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Photo: Bentley Photo: Bentley

    Bentley confirms Pirelli World Challenge GT program with Dyson Racing, to premiere later in the year.

  13. Jeff Gordon has bad news for his rivals: He’s thinking of racing for 10 more years

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

    Is Jeff Gordon serious that he may continue racing in NASCAR for another 10 more years? Getty Images

    Jeff Gordon has said several times that if he were to win a fifth Sprint Cup crown, that he likely would retire after that championship season and go out on top. Some of his competitors may be looking forward to that day coming – and some hope it comes as soon as after this season so Gordon won’t continue to confound them in coming seasons as he has for the last 21 seasons. But ever the kind of guy who plays his cards close to the vest, Gordon may be getting ready to throw his fellow drivers and NASCAR fans a curve ball.

  14. NASCAR’s birthplace, the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, to get significant makeover

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

    Daytona Beach's Streamline Hotel, where the foundation of NASCAR was formed in 1947. Daytona Beach's Streamline Hotel, where the foundation of NASCAR was formed in 1947.

    NASCAR’s birthplace, the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., is going to be – well, streamlined. According to Wednesday’s Daytona Beach News-Journal, the hotel where NASCAR was formed back in 1947, will soon undergo extensive renovations to bring back some of the hotel’s luster of days gone by.

  15. IndyCar remix: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

    Pagenaud Getty Images

    Relive the drama from Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

  16. Scott Bloomquist heads to Mississippi on heels of win and runner-up finishes

    Apr 16, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

    Bloomquist 4-16-2014

    Scott Bloomquist just keeps motoring along in the National Dirt Racing League. Bloomquist is coming off a strong weekend performance where he was runnerup Saturday at Virginia Motor Speedway, and then for an encore won Sunday’s main event at Winchester (Tenn.) Speedway.

  17. Kentucky Speedway June Nationwide Series race to promote program encouraging use of designated drivers

    Apr 16, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

    Bill and Muriel Elliott continue the memory of their son, Ensign John Elliott, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2000. Bill and Muriel Elliott continue the memory of their son, Ensign John Elliott, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2000.

    It’s rare that someone is happy to get or pay a traffic ticket from a state trooper. But thousands of NASCAR fans will gladly fork out their hard-earned money for a different kind of ticket, and one that carries the same kind of meaning as many of the tickets that police across the U.S. issue countless times each day.

  18. WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 p.m. ET — Rudd, Letarte, Hollywood Armstrong and why good restarts are key

    Apr 16, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT

    140416-NASCAR-AMERICA

    While much of NASCAR may be on its version of spring break, the NASCAR AMERICA team is hard at work to bring you some intriguing content. Rick Allen and Kyle Petty hold down the fort at the anchor desk on Wednesday’s show at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for your online or mobile device.

  19. Going through NASCAR withdrawal already? Here’s some intriguing numbers to devour

    Apr 16, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

    Kyle Busch is closing in on a significant milestone: he needs to lead just 30 laps at Richmond on April 26 to reach 10,000 laps led in his Sprint Cup career. Given that he doesn't turn 29 until early May, Busch conceivably could hit 25,000 or maybe even 30,000 laps led in his career if he continues at his current pace. Getty Images

    NASCAR may have the upcoming weekend off for the Easter holiday, but that doesn’t mean its crack team of statisticians is on vacation like most of the drivers and teams. Even without a race, they’re still pumping out numbers that fans love to devour. So for an appetizer prior to next week’s countdown to the April 26 race at Richmond International Raceway, here’s some food for thought and to munch on

  20. McLaren looks for recovery after double DNF in Bahrain

    Apr 16, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jenson Button AP

    After Bahrain frustration, McLaren looks for big points in China.

Today on NASCAR AMERICA

More from NASCAR America

Inside the Goodyear tire test at Kansas

Featured video

Recapping a race under Baharain lights
Top 10 NASCAR Driver Searches
  1. J. McMurray (24131)
  2. K. Harvick (6944)
  3. M. McDowell (3415)
  4. C. Edwards (1717)
  5. T. Bayne (1369)
  1. K. Busch (1212)
  2. J. Logano (1195)
  3. A. Seuss (1162)
  4. T. Stewart (1087)
  5. J. Bertuccio (994)