Formerly a successful team owner in NASCAR racing and a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief, Ray Evernham joined ESPN’s NASCAR coverage team in 2008 as an analyst. He took the 2011 season off but returned in 2012.
Evernham appears on the pre-race NASCAR Countdown Now show during ESPN’s coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In addition, he is an analyst on NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information show, as well as other studio programs such as SportsCenter. Evernham also works as an analyst in ESPN’s booth for live telecasts of selected NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
He was featured in Race Wizard with Ray Evernham, a program that aired on ESPN2 in 2007 and previously appeared as an analyst on ESPN and ABC’s coverage of NASCAR and the IROC Series in 2000.
Evernham, who raced Modifieds in his native New Jersey, hung up his helmet and spent several years working with Roger Penske and Jay Signore to bring back the IROC Series. He later rose to prominence in NASCAR after becoming a crew chief. He won three NASCAR Cup championships and 47 races with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports in the 1990s, then started his own team to coincide with Dodge’s return to the top level of NASCAR racing in 2001. Bill Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler were among the drivers for his former team, which he sold in 2007.
In addition to his work for ESPN, Evernham owns a business that restores vintage race and street cars and he designs and builds specialty automobiles. He also is a consultant for several motorsports entities.