HOMETOWN: Anaheim, CA
Executive Vice President of Competition
Scott Miller takes over the reins of Michael Waltrip Racing’s competition department in 2012 with the goal of making MWR’s three-car Toyota team Chase worthy. While Miller joins a team full of new faces, he’s grown familiar to many on the NASCAR circuit. His 17-year career includes a stint as director of competition at Richard Childress Racing where he repeatedly guided teams into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
In 2012 at MWR, Miller will be responsible for managing all competition aspects, including design, manufacturing and engineering, as well as the technical relationship between Toyota Racing Development’s resource facilities in Salisbury, N.C., and Costa Mesa, Calif. Miller brings a wide array of experience to prepare him for his new duties. He competed on motorcycles early in his career and progressed to the national level in AMA Motocross before changing to four wheels in 1979. In 1981 he prepared and raced a Ralt RT-1 in the Formula Continental Class, winning the Southern Pacific Division’s National Championship. Miller’s first encounter with Toyota began in 1982 when Dan Gurney employed him during the initial phase of the Toyota IMSA project.
Miller made the jump to NASCAR in 1983 as a driver/owner in NASCAR’s Winston West division accumulating two poles, one win and three top-five finishes. After a five-year stint in IndyCar racing where he worked as a chief mechanic, Miller found himself back in NASCAR where he joined Tri-Star Motorsports as a shock specialist. In 1997 he moved to the engineering side of the sport, working with Diamond Ridge Motorsports.
Miller took on his first role with Richard Childress Racing in 1997. He held his position as the shock specialist for two years before heading to PPI Motorsports. He became crew chief for the No. 96 team and driver Andy Houston for the final five races of the 2000 season. Miller received a promotion in 2003 to crew chief for Ricky Craven. The duo’s first win came in March 2003 at Darlington Raceway in one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history.
Upon his return to RCR, Miller’s success continued as he earned a win serving as substitute crew chief for driver Kevin Harvick in 2005 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Shortly after that win, Miller was named crew chief for Dave Blaney and later for Jeff Burton.
In 2006, Miller helped RCR clinch its first berth in the Chase. In 2008, he guided Burton’s team to their third consecutive appearance in the Chase and a sixth-place finish in the championship. At the end of the year, RCR named Miller the director of competition where he oversaw the three Sprint Cup teams.