2005 Evernham Motorsports
Competition Director Sammy Johns

Sammy Johns
Arpil 2, 1966
Lakeland , FL
Resides: Concord , NC
Wife: Cyndi

Stephanie, Robby, Jonathon, Brooke

Sammy Johns oversees the preparation of race cars at Evernham Motorsports for upcoming NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events. His role as Competition Director includes analyzing past engine, chassis and aero performances against test data and new technology in the development of the team strategy for an event. Johns works closely with Team Directors and crew chiefs in preparing the drivers and establishing the strategy.

With the introduction of the new Dodge Charger plus changes in the aero rules and tire compound for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2005, Johns has plenty of competition issues to keep himself occupied. A major responsibility is making sure the systems and processes for the teams are working and a team doesn't stray away from the objectives.

While Johns expects the new Dodge Charger to be a very competitive car, there have been intensive efforts in the off-season to improve the speedway, short track and road course programs in 2005. In addition to the Dodge Charger body, all chassis are now being built in-house at Evernham Motorsports.

For Johns, a hobby turned into a career. While hanging around the local short tracks, Johns got his start when Jimmy Spencer hired him to work on his NASCAR Busch Series team in 1990.

In 1991, Johns moved to Levin Racing, working as a mechanic and car chief for the NASCAR Busch Series team. In 1994, the team was bought by AER Racing. With David Green driving, the team finished second in the final point standings in 1996, just 29 points shy of winning the championship. The following year the team moved to the Winston Cup Series and Johns made the jump to crew chief. In 1999, Johns moved to Andy Petree Racing as the crew chief for Ken Schrader.

In 2001, Johns joined the Evernham Motorsports family to head the research and development effort. He then stepped into the crew chief role mid-season in 2001 to lead the effort for the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge and rookie Casey Atwood. Under his leadership, Atwood won the pole at Phoenix International Raceway in October 2001, setting the record as the youngest NASCAR Cup driver to win a pole.

Johns served as crew chief in 2002 for Jeremy Mayfield when he took over the reins of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. Later that season, he was named the Test Team and Research and Development Coordinator for Evernham Motorsports, where he led the team's intensive research and testing program.

Technical Director Dr. Eric Warren

Dr. Eric Warren
September 7, 2021
Mt. Airy, NC
Resides: Mooresville , NC
Wife: Christie
Children: Eric Jr., Emily

Now more than ever technology and engineering have made their presence felt in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Engineering is behind every aspect of how a race car is built – from aerodynamics to engine development – and that technology is filtering down to every other series from grassroots racing on up. Dr. Eric Warren oversees the engineering program at Evernham Motorsports including the design, construction and manufacturing of the Dodge race cars for NASCAR competition and open-wheel cars for sprint car and Silver Crown competition. Many engineering improvements in the race cars at Evernham Motorsports have been realized under Dr. Warren's direction.

In recent months, Dr. Warren has worked closely with Dodge on the development of the new Dodge Charger for the 2005 season. The new Dodge Charger body, with its distinctly different nose, plus NASCAR rule changes for the 2005 season pose immediate challenges for Dr. Warren. His primary objective is to optimize the Dodge Charger for the race track.

Dr. Warren came to Evernham Motorsports in 2002 with a solid background in aerospace engineering and technology. With help from NASA, he earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1997. Following graduate school, he immediately began working as an engineer at Kranefuss-Haas Racing.

At the end of 1997, Kranefuss-Haas became Penske-Kranefuss Racing and Dr. Warren continued his role as an engineer for Penske-Kranefuss as well as Penske Racing South. In 1999, Dr. Warren became the chief engineer for both of the Penske Racing South and Penske-Kranefuss NASCAR Cup teams with veteran driver Rusty Wallace and future Evernham Motorsports driver Jeremy Mayfield. Dr. Warren was instrumental in their successful 2000 season which saw the duo combine for nine poles and six victories.

In early 2001, Dr. Warren formed his own consulting company in Mooresville, N.C. He worked primarily on racing and aerospace defense contracts before becoming the Technical Director at Evernham Motorsports at the beginning of 2002.

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