Michael Waltrip Racing hires Chad Walter as director of race engineering image

Chad Walter has joined Michael Waltrip Racing as director of race engineering, according to a report from Fox Sports.

He will replace Steve Boyer, who joined Michael Waltrip Racing two seasons ago but has returned to the private sector. Before switching to Michael Waltrip Racing, Walter was in charge of the No. 22 Penske Racing Team and Sam Hornish in the Nationwide Series.

Walter won races with both Hornish and Justin Allgaier and coached both drivers to fourth-place finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings. 41-year-old Walter was replaced by Greg Erwin at the end of last season.

Before his Penske Racing assignment, Walter worked at Hendrick Motorsport with Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. He helped Busch and Martin win Nationwide Series races and guided Ron Fellows to victory at Montreal.

In late February 2008, he was suspended from all NASCAR events for six races for having an illegal rear spoiler in the opening inspection on Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s race-car. He was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31, 2008. He resigned from Hendrick Motorsport in July 2008.

Chad Walter studied at Cornell University where he joined the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers’ race car design team. His design team won the national championship twice, enhancing his love for racing.