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By any measure, Ray Evernham is a car guy’s car guy.
The New Jersey-born former race-car driver is best known as the brilliant mechanical and motivational leader who won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships as driver Jeff Gordon’s crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports. Evernham left Hendrick to lead Dodge’s return to NASCAR in 2001, which was a massive undertaking that included building a race team, shop and engine facility from the ground up. Evernham sold his successful race team in 2007, but he didn’t slow down at all.