Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced on Monday that Keith Rodden has been hired to work as crew chief for the organization’s No. 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry with driver Jamie McMurray, effective immediately.
“I am excited and appreciative for this opportunity and can’t wait to be just a small piece of an excellent team that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing is building,” Rodden said. “Chip has quality people and is also building great race cars. This team has shown that they can win races and compete at the highest level of this sport, and I look forward to working with Jame and everyone on the team as we work to prepare for the 2014 season.”
McMurray and the No. 1 team were most recently victorious in October at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Rodden most recently worked as lead engineer for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports car driven by Kasey Kahne. He held that position for the 2012 and 2013 race seasons. Rodden has also previously worked at Andy Petree Racing, Evernham Motorsports and Red Bull Racing. He served as crew chief for Kahne for several races as a fill-in for regular crew chief Kenny Francis in 2007.
“We are very happy to get a crew chief that is the caliber of Keith,” EGR owner Chip Ganassi said. “He brings a lot of great experience with him to our organization. We are building the foundation for what we believe will be long-term success in our NASCAR operation, and Keith fits into those plans perfectly. I look forward to having him in the organization and leading the No. 1 team.”
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