Darian Grubb will make his return to Hendrick Motorsports in the newly created position as vehicle production director. Grubb will oversee the production of Sprint Cup chassis and bodies for the team, working alongside Kasey Kahne’s former crew chief Kenny Francis, both men will report to Doug Duchardt the general manager at HMS.
“We’re excited to welcome Darian back to Hendrick Motorsports,” Duchardt said. “His resume speaks for itself, and he already has a deep understanding of our people, processes and culture. Teaming him with Kenny on our vehicle efforts mirrors the management structure of our engine operation, which has been very effective, and it adds more depth to the organization as a whole. Darian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and we know he will make us stronger.”
Grubb started working in the Sprint Cup Series with Petty Enterprises in February 2000, as part of the engineering team that helped develop the Dodge Intrepid in NASCAR, along with serving as the shock specialist on the #43 Petty car through 2002. In January 2003 Grubb moved to Hendrick where he took on the role of lead race engineer for Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Chevrolet from 2003-’06. Grubb took over the duties as crew chief in 2006 when Chad Knaus was suspended, when Johnson won the Daytona 500 and gained victory at Las Vegas.
Grubb earned one win as crew chief for driver Casey Mears in 2007 before being named engineering manager for the #5 and #88 HMS teams for the 2008 season. In 2009, he moved to Stewart-Haas Racing, as crew chief for Tony Stewart in the #14 Chevrolet, winning 11 races and the Sprint Cup title in his three seasons at SHR.
After the 2011 title victory, Grubb and Stewart parted ways, at the seasons end. Grubb moved on to Joe Gibbs Racing named as crew chief for Denny Hamlin in the #11 Toyota for the 2012 season until he took over the crew chief duties of the #19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards in 2015. As JGR reshuffled its crew chief lineup for the 2016 season with Grubb left as the odd man out. For his crew chief career Grubb has 23 victories and one title.
“It means a lot to come back to Hendrick Motorsports,” Grubb said in a statement. “This is a role that will allow me to contribute to the success of the entire organization, which was very important to me. Everything is familiar, and I think that will make for a smooth transition. The more we talked about the opportunity, the more it felt right.”