Ray Evernham
Ray Evernham
Category: Stock Cars
CLASS OF: 2023
BORN: August 26, 1957

One of NASCAR’s most successful crew chiefs
Won three NASCAR Cup Series titles with inductee Jeff Gordon
Developed new ways to manage race teams
Introduced specialization and choreography to pit stops
Began trend of hiring former athletes as pit-crew members
Won 23 poles, 13 Cup Series races as team owner from 2001-2007
Co-founder of Superstar Racing Experience Series (SRX)


As crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, then owner of Evernham Motorsports, the former New Jersey modified driver innovated ways to manage teams and became one of the sport’s most prolific winners. During the 1990s, he and 2018 inductee Jeff Gordon combined for 47 NASCAR Cup Series wins and three championships (1995, 1997, 1998). Among Evernham’s innovations were improvements to pit stop speed and efficiency. He employed former athletes as crew members with specialized roles and clockwork choreography. He’s credited with reducing four-tire stops from 20 seconds to 15. Evernham left Hendrick in 1999 to form his team, which won 23 poles and 13 Cup races from 2001-2007 before merging with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2009. Later Evernham was an analyst for ESPN/ABC and NBC and hosted AmeriCARna on Velocity. In 2021, he and Tony Stewart launched the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) Series, which won immediate fan support. NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated's 1999 “Person of the Year,” he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2018.

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