Vice President of Competition, Richard Childress Racing
Name: Eric Warren
Title: Vice President of Competition
Company: Richard Childress Racing
Dr. Eric Warren earned his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University with help from NASA. In 1997, Dr. Warren's career in motorsports began when he accepted an engineering role with NASCAR's Kranefuss-Haas Racing. In 2002, he became the technical director at Evernham Motorsports, winning 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races. He advanced to vice president of the organization and then accepted a similar role at Michael Waltrip Racing.
Dr. Warren then served as the chief aerodynamicist of USF1 and focusing his engineering efforts on designing a Formula 1 car for competition. Warren joined Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) in 2010 as technical director, overseeing all technical and race engineering activities. While at RPM, he also served as the primary liaison with Roush Fenway Racing and Ford assisting in the advancement of vehicle dynamic simulation, aerodynamic development, and race engineering for the combined technical partnership of Ford, Roush Fenway Racing and RPM.
Dr. Warren joined Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2012 as director of competition and was named Vice President of Competition in 2016. During his first full season with RCR, he was instrumental in the team winning an overall total of nine races, the No. 29 Chevrolet team made the Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and the No. 3 Camaro team earned the 2013 XFINITY Series championship. In 2014, Dr. Warren helped guide the No. 31 Chevrolet program to a berth in the Cup Series playoff system, where Ryan Newman ultimately finished second in the point standings during his first season at RCR. In total, his efforts have helped RCR visit Victory Lane a total of 23 times, including Newman’s MENCS win on March 19th at Phoenix Raceway.
Wednesday, May 2411:15 am – 12:00 pm
Redesigning Innovation: Breaking Beyond the Competition
Innovation. In some industries, it can make the difference between winning and losing. In others, it can mean the difference between life and death. In still others, it might just determine the simple joy of the open road. Learn from this executive panel how innovation is driving business transformation across many industries today.
Start Your Engines: Designing, Racing, and Winning with Richard Childress Racing
Ever wonder how NASCAR drivers outpace the competition? Hear directly from Dr. Eric Warren, Vice President of Competition at Richard Childress Racing, who has helped RCR drivers visit Victory Lane more than 20 times! You’ll get a behind-the-scene look at how RCR designs, manufactures, and races high-performance cars and engines that are built to win using their fully-integrated Vertical Manufacturing Operation. From designers to the pit crews, RCR’s closed-loop design strategies allow each member of the team to analyze data, surface new ideas, and make adjustments on the fly, all to outperform the competition. This session is not to be missed!