Evernham joins ESPN as pre-race and show analyst
Ray Evernham, a team owner in NASCAR and a three-time Cup champion crew chief, has joined ESPN’s coverage team as an analyst.
Evernham, who makes his debut this week from Daytona International Speedway, will appear on NASCAR Now, ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information show, as part of a rotating panel of ESPN analysts for a weekly roundtable discussion in an expanded one-hour Monday edition of the program. The roundtable, hosted by ESPN’s Allen Bestwick, will discuss the latest NASCAR news and events.
Evernham, co-owner of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, also will make appearances via satellite on other editions of NASCAR Now, which airs at 6 p.m. ET weeknights on ESPN2.
In addition to his duties with NASCAR Now, Evernham will work as an analyst in ESPN’s booth for live telecasts of Nationwide Series races from Mexico City and Loudon, N.H. Evernham also will join ESPN’s pre-race NASCAR Countdown show for some races in 2008, including prior to the Feb. 16 Nationwide Series opening event from Daytona, and will appear from Daytona on NASCAR Now, SportsCenter and ESPNEWS.
“We are thrilled to further elevate our NASCAR telecasts with the addition of another former champion in Ray Evernham,” said Rich Feinberg, vice president, motorsports, ESPN production. “Our team already has a very deep bench and this only strengthens it.”
Evernham appeared on several then-Busch Series telecasts in 2007 as a guest analyst on the pre-race program and also was featured in Race Wizard with Ray Evernham, a program that aired on ESPN2 in 2007. He previously appeared as an analyst on ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the IROC Series in 2000.
“ESPN is the leader in sports worldwide,” Evernham said. “Their expertise and credibility with the men and women around the world reinforces this position, and I am excited that NASCAR is such an integral part of their programming. I look forward to joining their team and sharing my knowledge and experience of the sport with the fans.”
Evernham, who raced Modifieds in his native New Jersey, rose to prominence in NASCAR after hanging up his helmet and becoming a crew chief. He won three 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. Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Patrick Carpentier now drive for the team’s three-car effort in the Sprint Cup Series. The team also participates in the Nationwide Series.
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