Greg Erwin

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Greg Erwin
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1970-04-19) April 19, 1970 (age 44)
Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States
Sport
Country United States
Sport NASCAR Nationwide Series
Team Team Penske

Greg Erwin is an American who currently serves as the competition director for Team Penske in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and was a former crew chief. In 2013, he was crew chief for Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish, Jr. in the Nationwide Series.[1] In the Sprint Cup Series, Erwin served as crew chief for Greg Biffle. Erwin and Biffle made the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2009 and recorded Ford's first win of 2010 at Pocono Raceway.[2] Erwin has also worked as crew chief for Robby Gordon Motorsports.[3]

Early life[edit]

Erwin was born in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and in high school, his father bought his first oval track race car.[3] Erwin worked on the team during high school and every summer while attended Clemson University. He earned an engineering degree from Clemson in 1992 returning for graduate school in 1993 with a motorsports engineering scholarship. During the program he spent his summers working with race teams such as Tri-Star Motorsports.[4]

Early NASCAR Career[edit]

Erwin was offered his first NASCAR job with Diamond Ridge Motorsports in 1995.[3] He worked as an engineer for the team that employed drivers such as Steve Grissom, Jeff Green and Elliott Sadler. Erwin left Diamond Ridge at the end of 1995 to work for Team SABCO Racing. The operation grew quickly in the next few months going from one team to three. Erwin worked as the only engineer for all three cars. Chip Ganassi bought into the race team in 2001 hiring additional engineers. Through the end of 2002, Erwin remained at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.[4]

Erwin began working for Richard Childress Racing in 2003 helping with their new seven-post research and development program. Erwin worked directly with the No. 31 team and crew chief Chris Andrews. At the end of 2004, early in 2005, Erwin left Richard Childress Racing for Robby Gordon Motorsports.[4]

Erwin's first crew chief position was for the Robby Gordon Motorsports No. 7 Nextel Cup entry.[3][5] Before Erwin joined in 2005, the team failed to qualify for four races but only missed two the rest of the season under his direction. The team started outside of the top 35 in points and had to race their way in to the first few races in 2006. In its second year the team did not miss a race in 2006.[4]

Roush[edit]

Roush Fenway Racing hired Erwin as the crew chief for the No. 16 Nextel Cup car driven by Greg Biffle in May, 2007.[1][6] On June 3, Erwin's first race with Biffle was at Dover International Speedway. Biffle started in the 10th position and finished sixth, his best finish in seven races. In September, his team went on to win at Kansas Speedway and finish 14th in the Nextel Cup point standings.[4]

Erwin and Biffle recorded two wins, twelve top-five finishes and 17 top 10 finishes, in 2009, their first full season together. The team made the Chase for the second time in Biffle's career finishing the season third in the point standings.[4]

The #16 car ran well at the Brickyard 400 in 2010 thanks, in part, to the new FR9 Ford engine.[7] They ended an extended drought of winlessness the next weekend at Pocono on August 1, 2010 after a late pit stop decision to take 2 tires instead of 4.[2][8]

Penske[edit]

In 2013, Erwin served as crew chief for Sam Hornish, Jr. in the Nationwide Series. He is currently the competition director for Team Penske in the Nationwide Series. Erwin served as interim crew chief for Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski at the 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500 after regular crew chief Paul Wolfe was witnessing the birth of his child.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Erwin is married to wife Susan and they have three children; Curtis, Kimberly and Colin. The family lives in Mooresville, North Carolina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ron Lemasters (2007-05-29). "Inside the Garage: No. 16 crew chief Greg Erwin – May 29, 2007". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b Livingstone, Seth (2010-08-03). "Greg Biffle, Roush Racing and Ford get a much needed victory". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Crew chief Greg Erwin answers your questions – Racing – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Roush Fenway Racing – Greg Erwin, Crew Chief of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion". Roushfenway.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  5. ^ By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM (2006-06-20). "Shop Talk: Greg Erwin – Jun 20, 2006". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  6. ^ Calgary Chronicle
  7. ^ "Pocono II: Greg Erwin – Ford Saturday interview". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Greg Erwin Named WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief of the Race in Pocono". Speedwaymedia.com. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  9. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (2014-03-02). "Updated: Brad Keselowski will be without crew chief Paul Wolfe for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Phoenix". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-02.