After stints with Chevrolet-based team Stewart-Haas Racing and then Toyota-backed Joe Gibbs Racing, Darian Grubb has returned to the Chevy camp at Hendrick Motorsports — but not as a crew chief.
For the 2016 Sprint Cup Season, Darian Grubb will not be calling races, but instead will become the vehicle production director at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina. The vehicle production director is a newly created position at HMS.
In a press release today, Hendrick Motorsports said Grubb will assume responsibility for production operations in the chassis and body groups, working in tandem with vehicle technical director Kenny Francis. The vehicle production director position was developed to support and grow the company’s overall car development capabilities, and will collaborate with vehicle engineering, production and the shop’s four Sprint Cup teams. Grubb and Francis both report to HMS’s general manager, Doug Duchardt.
“Teaming him with Kenny on our vehicle efforts mirrors the management structure of our engine operation, which has been very effective, and it adds more depth to the organization as a whole,” Duchardt said.
“Darian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we know he will make us stronger.”
This is Grubb’s second employment stint with HMS. Grubb originally joined Hendrick from Petty Enterprises in January 2003 before leaving to become a crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2008. As a crew chief, he has 23 career Sprint Cup victories, including three with HMS the first time around.
“This is a role that will allow me to contribute to the success of the entire organization, which was very important to me,” Grubb said.
Source: Hendrick Motorsports – Hendrick Motorsports names Darian Grubb vehicle production director