Michael Waltrip Racing has hired Tom German as Chief Technical Officer for the NASCAR Sprint Cup organization.
German has spent nearly 15 years with Penske Racing, most recently serving as technical director for Penske’s NASCAR teams. German will begin his duties after the February 24 Daytona 500.
The highest-ranking technical position at MWR became available when longtime MWR Technical Director Nick Hughes informed MWR he would return to his native Australia some time in 2013. Hughes joined MWR in 2008 creating and managing one of the best engineering staffs in NASCAR.
“This is such a bittersweet announcement for MWR,” said MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip. “It is so rare that a person of Tom German’s experience and education comes along, period. It is even more remarkable that he became available at the perfect time.”
German received his Master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.
Hughes will remain in the United States through this summer and will maintain a close relationship with MWR as a consultant over the medium term.