True Car Guy
Ray Evernham Stays Active
John Gunnell - April 04, 2014 08:51 AM
Ray Evernham set out to design the ultimate street machine by taking a vintage American muscle car and bringing it into the modern ageCourtesy of John Gunnell
Ray Evernham did a great job emceeing the 2014 trade show in Indy.Photo by John Gunnell
Ray Evernham recently performed master of ceremonies duties at the Grand Opening Breakfast at the Hot Rod & Restoration Show.
Evernham started racing Modifieds in New Jersey. He went on to win noteriety in many aspects of stock car racing and after he stopped racing himself, Evernham became a crew chief. He won three NASCAR Cup championships and 47 races with Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports in the ‘90s. He then started his own team to coincide with Dodge’s return to NASCAR racing in 2001. Bill Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler drove for the team that he sold in 2007.
Evernham is also known to TV race fans. As early as 2000, he covered IROC races. In 2007, he was featured in Race Wizard with Ray Evernham. He joined ESPN’s NASCAR team in 2008. Today, he appears on “NASCAR Now” and SportsCenter. Evernham is also seen on ESPN’s live telecasts of certain NASCAR Nationwide Series races and the pre-race NASCAR Countdown show. He also has his own show “Americarna” on the Velocity Channel.
Evernham is an avid car collector and this aspect of his career was driven home at the 2012 SEMA Show when he appeared in the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth with a ‘64 Plymouth Belvedere combining old school style with modern racing technology. The car was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January 2013 with proceeds going to the Evernham family’s “Racing for a Reason” foundation that backs a program enabling adults with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome to enjoy a better quality of life.