NASCAR & Auto Racing

Bill Davis Racing shakes up personnel

Bill Davis Racing on Monday unveiled several personnel changes it hopes will improve the organization, particularly the struggling Sprint Cup Series operation.

NASCAR veteran Marty Gaunt, who has worked at Penske Racing and Team Red Bull, has been named vice president of BDR, where he will oversee the day-to-day operations.

"Bill has fielded teams for 21 years now and to be considered to be part of the reorganization is a great opportunity," Gaunt said. "I'm excited about the tasks at hand and ready to get started."

Mark Chambers, who previously served as team manager for BDR's NASCAR Truck Series teams, will assume the role of general manager for BDR, replacing Mike Brown. Brown will move into the position of chief financial officer.

"I'm confident the modifications we've made to our management and front-office staff will make our entire organization stronger," said Davis. "Our Truck Series program continues to thrive, but there isn't any doubt that the Cup Series program has struggled this year.

"Our partnership with (sponsor) Caterpillar is over 10 years strong, and we owe it to them and to ourselves to make sure we have the best possible people in the most important positions."

Davis has also hired Jim Thomas as BDR's director of marketing. Thomas most recently worked as director of business development for Sullivan Worldwide Marketing Group. BDR fields the No. 22 Toyota in Cup with driver Dave Blaney, four teams in the Truck series and one in the Automobile Racing Club of America series.