Stewart Haas Racing has announced the hiring of Darian Grubb as crew chief of the No. 14 Sprint Cup entry that Tony Stewart will drive next season.
Grubb left his position at Hendrick Motorsports as engineering manager to take the position with SHR.
Grubb served as interim crew chief in 2006 for Jimmie Johnson as Chad Knaus served a four-race suspension. During that time, Grubb and Johnson earned two victories. He also served as crew chief for Casey Mears when he won his only career Sprint Cup victory at the Coca-Cola 600 from Lowe’s Motor Speedway last year.
The move also further solidifies the bond between Hendrick and SHR, as the team will use Hendrick engines and chassis
ESPN quoted Grubb as saying:
It’s a very huge moment for me, everything I’ve looked forward to in my life. Just to get the opportunity with [Stewart], the capability he has as a driver and past champion, the future heading forward is very bright.
This is another key step in the equation of us getting on our feet next year and getting pointed in the right direction. We’ve got a team leader now, somebody I feel very confident and comfortable with.
Jimmie Johnson said in a NASCAR.com article:
Without a doubt, it’s a loss for Hendrick Motorsports. Darian’s been in a managerial role, and I think he’s had his eye on crew chiefing all along, and didn’t want that opportunity to go away. So I’m excited for him, and wish him the best. He’s going to do a great job for those guys, and it’s going to be good for us with the relationship Hendrick has with Stewart-Haas, to have somebody over there that we know and can communicate with and is talking the same language. That can be a very useful tool.