Executive Vice President of Competition
Scott Miller’s 2015 mission is to put No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer and No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Brian Vickers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Several trips to victory lane would be at the top of the list as well for Michael Waltrip Racing’s vice president of competition.Read Scott's BioClose Scott's Bio
At MWR, Miller is responsible for managing all competition aspects, including design, manufacturing and engineering, as well as the technical relationship between Toyota Racing Development’s resource facilities in Salisbury, N.C., and Costa Mesa, Calif.
Miller is a familiar face on the NASCAR circuit enjoying a 20-year career that includes a lengthy stint at Richard Childress Racing where he guided teams into the Chase as both a crew chief and competition director.
His roots in motorsports began on motorcycles where he competed in AMA Motocross beginning in 1969. Two wheels turned to four in 1981 and he promptly won the SCCA Southern Pacific Division’s Championship in Formula Continental. Miller’s first encounter with Toyota was in 1982 when Dan Gurney employed him during the initial phase of the Toyota IMSA project.
Miller made the jump to NASCAR in 1983 as a driver/owner in NASCAR’s Winston West division accumulating two poles, one win and six top-five finishes. After a five-year stint in Indy Car racing where he worked as a chief mechanic, Miller found himself back in NASCAR where he joined Tri-Star Motorsports serving as a suspension specialist.
The move to North Carolina has proven fruitful for Miller culminating with seven victories from the crew chief position during his employment at RCR and PPI Motorsports.
The transition to a more managerial position occurred in 2009 when Richard Childress Racing appointed Miller to the role of Director of Competition. After three successful seasons Miller was offered a similar position with MWR. Always ready to take on a new challenge Miller accepted the offer. He was impressed with commitment owners Rob Kauffmann and Michael Waltrip had shown in turning MWR into a championship contender.
Ty Norris has spent more than half of his life working in NASCAR and jokes that he has raised five children from birth – his three sons, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Michael Waltrip Racing.
The Delaware native helped launch both organization’s Sprint Cup operations and is currently responsible for all business development at MWR, including sponsorship procurement and retention, as well as athlete recruitment.Read Ty's BioClose Ty's Bio
Norris started his professional career in NASCAR in 1990 working with series sponsor R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. After a short stint with SABCO Racing with Felix Sabates, Norris joined Dale Earnhardt in preparing and launching DEI as its executive vice president, where the organization won 65 races, two NASCAR Truck series championships, two NASCAR Busch/Nationwide/Xfinity series titles and three Daytona 500s.
Following a year-long stint with Speedway Motorsports Inc. where he gained track-side operational insight, Norris joined Waltrip in 2005 to help create and make Michael Waltrip Racing a reality.
Nearly 10 years later, MWR has survived and thrived through many peaks and valleys and the team enters the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with two teams prepared for a Chase run.
Racing never seemed a likely career path to Norris who studied journalism at Delaware State University and covered races for local papers in Dover, Delaware, including races at Dover Downs starting in 1984. Born in Sumter, S.C., Norris grew up in a family who followed racing and his father, Ty Sr., raced occasionally at Sumter’s 1/8 mile dirt track. Norris has been married to Beth Arbaugh since 1991 and has three sons, Matthew (19), Tommy (15) and Trey (7).
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
In a challenging economy, it is imperative a chief financial officer keeps a close eye on the entity’s finances while retaining a vision for strategic corporate growth. Fortunately, Michael Waltrip Racing has Larry Johns who enters his sixth season as the team’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.Read Larry's BioClose Larry's Bio
The Wisconsin native is primarily responsible for managing the 260-employee company’s cash flow as well as facilitating the development of the team’s strategic direction and plan of execution from the shop floor to the racetrack.Ã‚
Johns came to MWR after a year as the CFO for PPI Motorsports, LLC. There he was a trusted business advisor and managed operating budgets to achieve positive cash flow and profit improvement. He also participated in sponsorship presentations and worked closely with the team owner and chief marketing officer on sponsor relations and new business development.Ã‚ Ã‚
Joining PPI was Johns' first taste of motorsports. While working in Hickory, N.C. for a furniture manufacturer, Johns came home to find that his wife (Sandra) had circled a job posted in the Hickory Record. PPI was seeking a CFO and Johns immediately called to inquire about the position. After owning his own business for almost a decade, he was looking for a change and once hired he thrived at PPI.
When PPI lost its primary sponsor and successfully liquidated its assets Johns looked for other opportunities within racing to apply his unique skills and joined MWR in October, 2007 as it attempted the herculean task of moving from a Nationwide Series team to three full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Fortunately, MWR enjoyed the support of Fortune 500 sponsors like 5-hour ENERGY, Toyota, Aaron’s, AAA Mid-Atlantic and PEAK.
Johns has played a key role in managing MWR’s growth and not only surviving but prospering in recent years. Johns accepted his role at MWR because he wanted to be a part of a management team that helped bring Michael Waltrip’s dream to reality. Today, Johns continues his due diligence in helping the organization become one of the premier elite race teams in the Sprint Cup Series.
Executive Vice President of Race Operations
Bobby Kennedy’s favorite childhood memories include selling t-shirts with his family at dirt tracks around his Concord, N.C. home and dreaming of joining NASCAR’s top series one day. Those dreams have more than come true as Kennedy oversees the day-to-day operations at Michael Waltrip Racing – one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series top teams.Read Bobby's BioClose Bobby's Bio
Kennedy began his career in 1987 as a tire technician at Hoosier Racing. Those skills helped him land the role of tire specialist and eventually team manager at Team III Racing, under the tutelage of championship crew chief Barry Dodson. In 1995, Kennedy took over crew chief duties for Kyle Petty at SABCO Racing enjoying success in the No. 42 Pontiac for owner Felix Sabates. When Petty decided to create his own team, Petty Enterprises 2 (pe2) and join the family business, Kennedy followed.
Kennedy’s next step was to manage Jim Smith’s entry at Mattei Motorsports serving as Michael Waltrip’s crew chief. In 2001, when Waltrip needed a crew chief for his NASCAR Nationwide Series team, Kennedy made the move from Mattei to Michael Waltrip Racing. The duo’s longstanding relationship has spanned nearly 13 years.
It was in Waltrip’s backyard race shop where Kennedy impressed. During the 2003 season, with just a handful of full-time employees and minuscule fleet of cars, the Aaron’s Dream Team collected one win, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in just 20 starts. At the end of the 2003 season, Kennedy, with Waltrip’s blessing, left MWR to help Waltrip’s brother Darrell re-establish Darrell Waltrip Motorsports. Kennedy built a highly competitive Truck Series team virtually overnight.
The organization expanded to a second team in 2004. That hard work paid dividends in 2005 when David Reutimann scored his first-ever truck victory in the Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. With all the dignitaries from Toyota and Darrell Waltrip on hand, it was a picture perfect day and one of Kennedy’s fondest accomplishments. The following year, Kennedy led Reutimann to third place in the Truck Series standings.
Kennedy rejoined MWR in 2007 as the Competition Director. In September 2008 MWR promoted Kennedy to executive vice president of race operations. In this position the Concord, N.C. native oversees everything that makes a race team successful on and off the racetrack.