DR. ERIC WARREN
Dr. Eric Warren earned a PhD 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.
Dr. Warren maintained that role and expanded his efforts when the team became Penske-Kranefuss Racing. Warren left his role as chief aerodynamicist, lead engineer at Penske-Kranefuss Racing in January 2001 and founded Competition Aerodynamics, a consulting firm that focused on aerodynamic development and consulting for high performance race teams. He was also one of four founders of Aletheon Technologies, which provided engineering development services to motorsports and U.S. Military programs.
After working to establish Competition Aerodynamics, Dr. Warren redirected his focus back to racing. In January 2002, he accepted the technical director position at Evernham Motorsports. Dr. Warren's leadership abilities quickly led to his appointment as vice president of Evernham Motorsports. After winning 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races there, Dr. Warren parted ways with the organization during the 2007 season.
In September 2007, Dr. Warren joined Michael Waltrip Racing as the vice president and technical director, with the goal of reorganizing and building a more competitive race team. After spending the 2008 season at MWR, Dr. Warren left to pursue challenges in other forms of motorsports and returned to consulting work in high performance vehicles. Reuniting with Ray Evernham, Dr. Warren led the aerodynamic design of Doug Herbert's land speed record car.
During his tenures at Penske-Kranefuss Racing and Evernham Motorsports, Dr. Warren developed technical partnerships with several Formula 1 race teams, most notably McLaren F1 and Stewart Grand Prix. When the opportunity came to attempt to bring the United States back to Formula 1 racing with the USF1 team, he could not resist. During 2009 and early 2010, Dr. Warren was the chief aerodynamicist of USF1 and focused his engineering efforts on designing a Formula 1 car for competition.
Dr. Warren returned to his NASCAR roots in 2010 and joined Richard Petty Motorsports as the technical director, overseeing all technical and race engineering activities.
Dr. Warren, a native of Mt. Airy, N.C., resides in Mooresville, N.C. with his wife Christie and two children.