Evernham In Shadows
Ray Evernham confirmed Wednesday that he has only a small role now in Gillett Evernham Motorsports.
"It's something I should have done three years ago," said Evernham, who will work as an analyst this season for ESPN's NASCAR coverage. "I've taken the role of not having a role. I'm a consultant to the team. If someone has a question, I'm happy to give my opinion.
"It's been a little difficult, quite honestly. But the sport has evolved to the point that you have to be in it 100 percent on the business side or all in on the racing side."
Evernham sold controlling interest in his team last year to George Gillett. Tom Reddin took over for Evernham as CEO of the team last week.
Evernham guided Jeff Gordon
to three championships as Gordon's crew chief before leaving to form his own team and helping Dodge return to Sprint Cup. At age 50, Evernham said he had no desire to return to the pit box.
"My knees and my stomach just won't take that anymore," he said. "For a time, we were the best in the sport, but nobody gets to ride that wave forever."
Elliott: Four Teams Two Too Many
Former Cup champion Bill Elliott
believes NASCAR is making a mistake by allowing teams owners to have four cars.
"That's still too many," Elliott said. "It should be a two-car limit. The way it is now, Hendrick is a super team. You have no way of catching up.
"The Car of Tomorrow was supposed to bring the small teams closer, but the big teams still are five steps ahead of you, and you're losing ground instead of gaining ground."