Tuesday, June 15, 2010
CONCORD, N.C.– Roush Fenway Racing has named Rick Viers as the crew chief of its No. 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series team. Viers assumes the duty immediately and will lead the team this weekend at Road America (Wis.).
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity I have to come over and lead the No. 16 team here at Roush Fenway Racing," Viers said. "Just being here for a very short period of time, I can see there are a ton of resources at my disposal and it's a highly engineer-driven shop which I really enjoy. I feel like Road America is a really good place for me to start having Colin (Braun) in the car and I'm excited to work with him and the rest of this team."
Viers most recently served as crew chief for Baker Curb Racing and the No. 27 Ford. He worked with JD Motorsports in 2009 and was the crew chief of the No. 84 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in 2007 and ‘08. He has also worked as a NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief for Richard Childress Racing.
A native of Pylersville, Md., Viers boasts eight career victories as a NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief, and has worked with drivers such as Kevin Harvick (two-time NASCAR Nationwide champion), Clint Bowyer (2008 NASCAR Nationwide champion) and Ron Hornaday (four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion).
In 14 races with Baker Curb this season, Viers guided the team to eight top-10 finishes, and the team finished inside the top 10 in seven of its 10 starts with Roush Fenway NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle (2002 NASCAR Nationwide champion) in the No. 27 car.
Colin Braun will be at the wheel of the No. 16 Ford this weekend. Braun, who finished 10th last weekend at Kentucky, has split time in the No. 16 with fellow first-year driver Brian Ickler.