Miller in charge of Waltrip competition

Michael Waltrip Racing confirmed Wednesday that Scott Miller will be the organization’s executive vice president of competition, effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. originally reported the news Tuesday.

Miller was most recently the competition director at Richard Childress Racing. in 16 years of Sprint Cup competition, he has also been a winning crew chief and has guided teams into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Co-owner Michael Waltrip said the addition of Miller is part of the commitment he and co-owner Rob Kauffman’s share for consistent performances.

“This is the highest-ranking role in our competition department and we needed a person with great knowledge of our sport, experience in managing highly competitive personnel, and a vast technical background,” Waltrip said in a news release. “Scott is exactly all of those things. This is such an important hire for our organization.

“Scott is used to winning, and we expect a lot of each other. As owners, our job is to provide our teams the human and capital resources needed to be successful. This is another step in that maturing process.”

Miller will manage all competition aspects, including design, manufacturing and engineering and the technical relationship between Toyota Racing Development’s resource facilities in Salisbury, N.C., and Costa Mesa, Calif.

“Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman have presented me with a great opportunity to assist them in moving their organization to the next level,” Miller said. “While the team is currently performing well, the ultimate goal is to become one of the elite teams in the sport, winning races and competing for championships. MWR appears to have assembled many of the necessary resources. It will be my responsibility to use them to their full potential.”

Miller worked his way through the Indy Lights Series and Indy cars before moving to North Carolina in 1995 to join Tri-Star Motorsports as a shock specialist. Miller worked at Childress from 1997-1999, at PPI Motorsports in 2000 and 2001, then returned to Childress.

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