As Action Express Racing enters its fifth season in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, it’s no surprise why Elton Sawyer is an integral part of the team’s development. Sawyer competed in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series for three decades earning wins in 1994 and 1999 and finished in the top-five in series points three times (1998-1999; 2001), but it was his contributions after he hung up his helmet that makes him a key component to Action Express’ success.
After he retired as a driver, Sawyer joined Evernham Motorsports where he began as the team’s Research and Development Manager and worked closely with NASCAR officials and Daimler Chrysler engineers on the development of the Dodge Charger. In 2005 he took over as the team’s Nationwide and Driver Development Director where he hired and managed all of the personnel that led to two Nationwide wins by Kasey Kahne that season.
From Evernham Motorsports, Sawyer found himself at Red Bull Racing where he was a main piece in the team’s development in the Sprint Cup Series. As Competition Director he hired and managed over 60 team members, including crew chiefs, car chiefs, mechanics, pit crew members and shop assembly personnel, as well as assisted in the implementation of all processes, procedures, structures and budgets for the two new Sprint Cup teams. During his tenure at Red Bull Racing, Sawyer saw the team’s first pole position and win, as well as the team’s first Chase appearance with Brian Vickers in 2009.
As Director of Race Team Operations for Action Express Racing, he expects to find similar success in sports car racing and help lead the team to the TUDOR Championship title.