Driven by a passion for automobiles, Ray Evernham started working on short track race cars at age 15 and never looked back. Since then, he has designed, built and driven several different types of race cars.
His drive to succeed in motorsports has created opportunities in both the auto racing and technology industries.
In 1983, Evernham worked with Roger Penske and Jay Signore to resurrect the international race of champions(IROC)series. The opportunity offered Evernham the chance to work with the world’s best racers, including Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Bill Elliott. The experience taught Evernham, as team manager, the value of team success and priceless lessons in the business of racing.
In 1993, Evernham was offered the opportunity to team with, up and coming driver, Jeff Gordon as his crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports, where he would impact the sport at NASCAR’s highest level of competition.
Evernham seized his opportunity at Hendrick Motorsports, revolutionizing the crew chief role, as leader of the rainbow warriors in the 1990’s.
During his tenure with Gordon, he earned three championships and 47 wins in 216 starts, including two Daytona 500 victories and the inaugural Brickyard 400. His success earned him crew chief of the decade honors in 2000, and his innovative work with pit crews continues to set the performance standard. His thumb print also remains on engineering systems used throughout the industry.
In 2000, Evernham’s quest for personal growth and challenge drove him to take the ultimate risk--team ownership. Relying on his own unique experiences as driver and leader, along with his self prescribed “20 points for success,” his goal was not only to build a championship caliber race team but a performance and technology based organization to transform the industry.
Teamed up with Daimler Chrysler performance brand Dodge, Evernham spearheaded the unproven manufacturer's re-entry to NASCAR racing from start to finish. In less than 500 days, Evernham Motorsports was a reality. A historic Daytona 500 pole at the team’s 2001 debut set the tone for the organization with Bill Elliott behind the wheel.
In 2006, the media voted Evernham the greatest crew chief of all time. An honor Evernham believes to be his highest recognition to date.
Evernham Motorsports blazed a new trail in performance by creating an environment where technology and racing are co-dependent. He has set a new standard in the industry beyond the race track.
Ray Evernham has a beautiful , new private facility that holds his incredible memories along with an extensive racing and personal car collection. He continues to design and build specialty automobiles and remains a consultant to several motorsports venues. He is currently a NASCAR analyst for ESPN.
His journey may have started as a driver with an impassioned desire to succeed, but it has been his ability to take calculated risks and passion for leading edge performance that continues to put Ray Evernham in the winner’s circle!