- Dave Elenz
- Birth Date:
- March 14, 1981
- Gaylord, Mich.
- Crew Chief - No. 9 Chevrolet
Dave Elenz will be calling the shots for William Byron and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, his third season as a crew chief at JR Motorsports. It’s a strong combination of youth and experience for Byron and the No. 9, as Elenz previously led JRM’s “All-Star” car to four victories, 19 top five and 41 top-10 finishes in two seasons of competition (2015-16).
A graduate of Clemson University, Elenz began his motorsports career at Jasper Racing in 2001. While there, he formed a bond with JRM competition director Ryan Pemberton. The duo also worked together at Ginn Racing from 2003-07 and Red Bull Racing Team from 2009-11. At the latter, Elenz was a part of the organization’s first victory (Michigan 2009) and a berth in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup as the lead engineer for Brian Vickers.
In 2012, Elenz transitioned into an engineering role on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports. That season, the team went to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway and recorded 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.
Following an internal shuffle, Elenz moved to Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team in 2013. Working alongside crew chief Chad Knaus, Elenz helped Johnson earn his sixth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in addition to 10 victories during his two years on the No. 48 team.
In 2014, Elenz took the next step in his professional career and joined JR Motorsports as a crew chief.