Brian Whitesell

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Brian Whitesell
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1964-04-23) April 23, 1964 (age 54)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportNASCAR Sprint Cup Series
TeamNo. 9/No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports

Brian Whitesell (born April 23, 1964) is an American team manager in NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing from Stuarts Draft, Virginia. He is the team manager for the Hendrick Motorsports #9 team of Chase Elliott and the #24 team of William Byron. He has been part of eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship teams (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2007).

Early involvement in racing[edit]

Whitesell became involved in racing as a senior at Virginia Tech. He had a senior class project involving the design and construction a Mini Baja racecar through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).[1][2] After graduation in 1987, he went to work at Mack Trucks in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as a mechanical engineer. Whitesell transferred to Mack Trucks' office in Columbia, South Carolina. Whitesell used the office to volunteer for Alan Kulwicki's underfunded team on weekends as an attempt to get into motorsports in 1992. He drove the team's hauler, spotted, and scored for the team. He was part of Kulwicki's championship team.[1]

Hendrick Motorsports[edit]

He joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1993 as a transporter driver, timer/scorer, and chassis technical on rookie Jeff Gordon's #24 team.[1][3] He began using his mechanical engineering degree in 1994 as one of the first engineers in NASCAR.[1] He was named the Western Auto Mechanic of the Year in 1997.[1] The team won three championships in five years. In September 1999 Whitesell was named the crew chief for Gordon after Ray Evernham left.[3] The #24 team won two of the next seven races.[1] After the season, he was named team manager of the #24 team, and the team won the 2001 championship.[1]

Hendrick Motorsports added a second team in 2002 in the #48 car driven by Jimmie Johnson. Whitesell oversaw the growth the teams. Both teams finished in the Top 5 in points in both 2002 and 2003.[1] The teams finished second and third in 2004. In 2005 Whitesell was named the team manager for the #5 car driven by Kyle Busch, the #25 car driven by Brian Vickers, and the #44 car driven part-time by Terry Labonte.[1][3]

Announced on May 28, 2009, Whitesell filled in as crew chief for one race, the May 31 running of the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, for struggling Hendrick Motorsports superstar, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[4]

In 2015, Whitesell rejoined Gordon's team as a co-spotter for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Whitesell lives with his wife Mary in Huntersville, North Carolina.[1]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Crew Chief Profile[permanent dead link]; Hendrick Motorsports, Retrieved September 14, 2007
  2. ^ Engineer on the Fast Track: Brian Whitesell keeps Nascar's winningest cars in the running Archived August 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.; Virginia Tech, Su Clauson-Wicker, Retrieved September 14, 2007
  3. ^ a b c Man behind the curtain; Yahoo, Bob Margolis, August 17, 2005; Retrieved September 14, 2007
  4. ^ "Eury Jr. out as crew chief for slumping Earnhardt". -NASCAR. May 28, 2009. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Jeff Gordon on Twitter: "In addition to @EddieDHondt, Brian Whitesell of @TeamHendrick is also helping as spotter at @RaceSonoma for the @AARPMemberAdv #24. #Team24"". Twitter. June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.