Chad Walter Joins Michael Waltrip Racing

by Ryan O`Hara On Tue, Feb. 05, 2013


MWRChad Walter has left Penske Racing as crew chief to the No.12 of Sam Hornish Jr., and instead has accepted a role at Michael Waltrip Racing as their Director of Engineering.

During his tenure at Penske Racing, he was crew chief to both Justin Allgaier and most recently Sam Hornish Jr. He led both to fourth place points finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Toward the end of the 2012 season, Walter was replaced by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief, Greg Erwin. Erwin was known for being the crew chief for Greg Biffle for four seasons after a two year tenure with Robby Gordon Motorsports.

Walter worked for Hendrick Motorsports prior to joining Roger Penske’s stable in 2009, and served as crew chief for Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and Ron Fellows. Walter was successful in getting all three to victory lane. He attended Cornell University where he joined the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers’ race car design team. Walter and his team won the national championship twice, enhancing his love for racing.

Walter will replace Steve Boyer who has served as the Director of Engineering at Michael Waltrip Racing for the past two seasons, but ultimately decided to resign and return to the private sector.

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