DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Sammy Johns holds the role of Director of Operations for Richard Petty Motorsports. He began his tenure with this team at Evernham Motorsports, and though the names and faces have changed throughout the years, Johns has remained a vital part of the organization.
Johns became interested in racing early and frequented local short tracks in and around his hometown of Lakeland, Fla. in an effort to break into the sport. In 1991, Johns drove to Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and stood at the sign-in booth asking NASCAR teams to consider him for a job. Driver Jimmy Spencer introduced him to Nationwide Series team owner Mike Laughlin and the rest is, as they say, history.
Johns worked as a mechanic and chassis builder for Laughlin until he made the move to Charlotte, N.C. in 1992 to join Carol Levin Racing, a full-time Nationwide Series operation. Working through the ranks, he accepted his first job as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief when the team moved into that Series in 1997 and remained there until the team ceased operations two years later.
Johns was tagged for the same position at Andy Petree Racing and moved with driver Ken Schrader to MB2 Motorsports the following season. In April 2001, Johns began his tenure at Evernham Motorsports, originally hired to start a research and development team.
Working at Evernham Motorsports, Johns wore several different hats, including crew chief, competition director and director of research and development. In 2003, he transitioned to the competition director role and remained there for five years.
Johns was moved into the director of operations position in 2008, but spent 2009 serving as crew chief for drivers Reed Sorenson and AJ Allmendinger.
2010 was another year of transition as Johns was again named director of operations. He continues to execute that position today.
Johns and his wife, Cyndi, reside in Concord, N.C. They have four children.