Ray Evernham is returning to his former racing home — Hendrick Motorsports. His new role is in HMS’ competition department, according to a report from FOX Sports. As a result, Evernham is leaving the ESPN broadcast booth.
According to the FOX report, Everham will work with all four of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams — the No. 5 (driver Kasey Kahne), No. 24 (Jeff Gordon), No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.). He is expected to have several roles, but Evernham is adamant that one of those roles will not be as crew chief.
“It’s not about me going back on the top of the box and calling that frigging two-tire pit stop and pulling some big trophy out of my butt; those days are over,” Evernham told Tom Jenson of FoxSports.com. “You have way less chance of me being a crew chief again than you do of getting hit with a meteorite.”
When Evernham was a crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports, though, he was very successful at it. He won 49 races and three Cup championships as Jeff Gordon’s crew chief between 1993 and 1999 before leaving HMS to become a team owner and help Dodge get back into NASCAR.
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