On Thursday, NASCAR announced that Richard Buck is the new Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, replacing John Darby. Darby held the position of Series Director for 12 years and remains with NASCAR in the position of Managing Director of Competition.
Buck’s duties as the Sprint Cup Series Director will begin after the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month. Until then, he will continue in his role of Vice President of Racing Opereations for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Buck is also currently serving as the Managing Director of NASCAR’s Touring Series.
“Richard Buck has demonstrated a deep and unique knowledge of motorsports, and his versatility and innovative approach to competition should serve the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage extremely well,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “His wide range of expertise will be of great benefit to our premier series. NASCAR is in the midst of exciting change in the competition area, and Buck will be instrumental in providing us with fresh insights and implementing many of the changes in the years ahead.”
Buck’s other experience includes crew chief, team manager and director of operations positions for various open-wheel racing teams. He has also worked with several teams in all three of NASCAR’s national levels (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck).
“I’m eager and ready to pursue this unique opportunity to serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director,” Buck said. “I appreciate the faith that NASCAR’s management team has entrusted in me for this role. As we prepare to launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, I’m thrilled to expand my role in the sport of NASCAR, and I look forward to helping the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition team continue to produce the best racing in the world.”