General Motors has selected Dr. Eric Warren, former Chief Technology Officer at Richard Childress Racing, to lead its new performance and racing technical center in Concord, North Carolina.
GM first announced the new racing and performance technical center earlier this year and has the intention of opening the facility before the end of 2020. The automaker says the new tech center, which is located just outside of Charlotte, will place a focus on “transferring knowledge and resources from the racing programs to core vehicle engineering,” and will feature facilities for aero development, an advanced new driver-in-the-loop simulator and more.
In a statement, GM said Dr. Eric Warren will be responsible for all competition duties for its NASCAR programs in the new role and will also be tasked with “expanding the involvement of GM’s product development resources in the technical strategy for the Chevrolet race teams.”
“We’re thrilled to expand GM’s U.S. footprint by establishing a greater presence in Charlotte, a community that has become a racing and engineering mecca,” GM’s vice president of performance and motorsports, Jim Campbell, said about the new Charlotte facility a statement released previously. “The new facility will be close to a number of key Chevrolet and Cadillac racing partners, teams and suppliers. This will allow for improved collaboration as well as access to some of the industry’s best talent.
Warren has been with RCR since 2012 and has served as its Chief Technology Officer since 2017. RCR is enjoying a resurgent year in 2020, with Austin Dillon currently one of only two Chevrolet drivers left in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Dillon secured a playoff berth with a victory at Texas earlier in the year and, like his teammate Tyler Reddick, has shown consistent, competitive form all year long.
General Motors already a close working relationship with the RCR organization even before bringing Dr. Warren under its umbrella. Not only has RCR been a GM team since its inception, the team’s engine division, Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines, currently builds the Small Block V8 race engines that power the Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype.
In addition to its NASCAR and IMSA operations, the racing technical center will also support GM’s IndyCar and NHRA programs, as well.