ECR Engines has promoted longtime Chief Operating Officer Richie Gilmore to the position of President. The championship winning engine builder will assume his new role effective immediately.
Gilmore, 50, is a native of Rochester, N.H. and has been part of ECR Engines since it was formed in 2007 when Richard Childress Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. combined their engine development and production efforts. His responsibilities will still include overseeing the daily operations of ECR Engines, business operations and the engine lease programs currently in place.
Since its inception with Gilmore at the helm, ECR Engines has won more than 200 races on various levels, multiple championships and continues to be a leader in engine development and production through innovative technology.
"Richie has served as our COO of ECR Engines for the past eight years," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of RCR. "Under his guidance, we have grown our engine program with great success. Richie has built a talented team at ECR. Making him President of the organization will allow the team to exercise more day-to day control, and give him more time to focus on the continued growth of ECR.
"That includes advancing ECR's new business efforts and strengthening relationships with our valued technical partners."
Gilmore has been part of the NASCAR landscape since 1988 as an employee of Bob Whitcomb Racing before he went to work at Hendrick Motorsports as an assistant engine builder in 1990. Since then, he has been part of six Daytona 500 victories, numerous championships on all three NASCAR national series levels, Tudor United SportsCar Championship series, and various short track teams who use ECR horsepower.
"It has been a great honor to be part of ECR Engines and to see how much it has grown since 2007," Gilmore said. "I look forward to continuing that growth and the exceptional performance of our engine organization. There are a lot of talented people at ECR who give it their all every day to make us successful. I can't thank them enough for their dedication and involvement."