• DEI promotes Charpentier and welcomes new crew chief

    Paul Menard's car

Dale Earnhardt Inc. continued to strengthen its motorsports operation with the promotion of several key industry experts and the addition of a veteran crew chief to its roster.

Dave Charpentier, current crew chief of the No. 15 Chevrolet, has been promoted to technical director, and Doug Randolph, current crew chief of the No. 43 Petty Enterprises car driven by Bobby Labonte, will take over as crew chief for Paul Menard and the No. 15.

Charpentier, a long-time Dale Earnhardt Inc. employee, will oversee all aspects of engineering for the four-car Nextel Cup Series operation. He was trained as a nuclear engineer during a seven-year career in the United States Navy, and since 1989 has served in an engineering capacity with multiple NASCAR teams. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in nuclear science.

Randolph is a University of Tennessee graduate and served as a crew chief at MB2 Motorsports / Ginn Racing for the previous four seasons. He will join the team on Nov. 26.

Walter Giles, current race engineer on the No. 1 Chevrolet, was named director of race engineering, and Jason Anderson was named director of design and project engineering. Giles and Anderson will report to Charpentier.

In addition, Rex Garrett has been promoted to director of motorsports operations. The nine-year Dale Earnhardt Inc. veteran will oversee the day-to-day activities of the race shop.

"We are placing a huge emphasis on our engineering department and we are committed to improving our systems and operations thereby ensuring that all of our teams have an opportunity to contend for championships every year," said John Story, vice president of motorsports. "We have laid out a plan that puts the best people in the right positions, and with Dave, Walter, Jason, Doug and Rex in these new positions we know that we have significantly strengthened our racing operations."

Source: Nascar

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