NASCAR announced today that Elton Sawyer will be replacing Scott Miler as Sr. Vice President of Competition. Miller has chosen to extend his more than 40 years in the sport by taking on the newly formed role of Competiton Strategist.
NASCAR also announced several other promotions inside the Competition leadership team. John Probst, has been promoted to NASCAR Chief Racing Development Officer. Dr. Eric Jacuzzi has been promoted to NASCAR Vice President of Safety and Engineering, and Brandon Thomas has been promoted to NASCAR Vice President of Vehicle Design.
“Elton Sawyer has shown incredible versatility throughout his four-plus decades in motorsports,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Chief Operating Officer. “Following his lengthy driving career, Elton held key leadership positions for several race teams and here at NASCAR for the last eight seasons. He will excel in this role, and we look forward to watching him continue to grow the Competition team during this crucial era in our sport’s history.
“We are thrilled that Scott Miller has chosen to remain a key part of the NASCAR Competition team. When he joined NASCAR in 2016, Scott lent immediate credibility to the position. A trusted voice in the garage, Scott used his decades of experience to lead our Competition team to new heights during a time that saw a new race format, a new playoff format and a new race car. The mark he leaves on the organization is significant.
“John Probst’s leadership and tireless devotion in the development of the Next Gen car over the last three years has been extraordinary. This project was among the most challenging and important endeavors in NASCAR history, and leaders like Probst, Dr. Eric Jacuzzi, Dr. John Patalak, Brandon Thomas and many others worked incredibly hard to not only put this car on the race track, but to make it a success for our industry and our fans.”
Sawyer joined Nascar in February 2015 as managing director of the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of on-track competition in all three of NASCAR’s national series.