Richard Childress Racing has lost another senior member of staff with the decision of competition director Scott Miller to join Michael Waltrip Racing as Executive Vice President of Competition.
Miller replaces Steve Hallam, who has departed for V8 Supercars in Australia. Miller will oversee design, manufacturing and engineering, and manage the technical relationship with engine suppliers Toyota Racing Development.
"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," said team co-owner Michael Waltrip. "Scott is exactly all of those things. This is such an important hire for our organization."
At RCR, Miller oversaw a renaissance in the team that saw them go from failing to get any cars through to the Chase in 2008 to seeing all three make the cut in 2009. However, the teams' performance has not been as consistent this year and only Kevin Harvick has made it into the post-race championship shoot-out.
Miller will have his work cut out for him, as his new team have not won any races this season. As well as 16 years service in NASCAR - all but two of them working for Richard Childress - Miller also has experience with IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights competition.
Clint Bowyer, who failed to make the Chase this season, is also expected to leave RCR at the end of the 2011 season - with Michael Waltrip Racing looking likely to be his new home,speculation that has only been intensified by MWR's signing of Miller in such a key role.
In a separate announcement, RCR said that former technical director Kent Day had been promoted to interim director of competition in the wake of Miller's departure.
"Scott Miller has played an important role for many years and in many different positions at RCR, including getting the most talented people in the right positions in his role as competition director," said Mike Dillon, RCR's vice president of competition, in a press statement. "He and Kent have worked closely over the past couple of years so this transition period should be short and seamless. All of us at RCR wish him well in his new endeavour."