Travis Mack

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 5 Chevrolet

Name: 
Travis Mack
Birth Date: 
April 15, 1983
Hometown: 
Louisville, Kentucky
Position: 
Crew Chief - No. 5 Chevrolet

Travis Mack is no stranger to the world of JR Motorsports or Hendrick Motorsports. Before stepping into the role of crew chief for driver Michael Annett and the No. 5 Chevrolet team at JR Motorsports in late July, Mack had spent more than 14 years as a vital member of both organizations.

Returning to JR Motorsports offers the 35-year-old Mack a sense of comfort. After helping JRM win its first of two series championships in 2014, coming back home is a good feeling, he said, even if there are more teams working out of the Mooresville campus. “There’re a lot of the same faces and people in the same places,” Mack said. “It’s good to be back...feels like I never left. The only thing that’s different is, there’s an extra car.”

Growing up in Louisville, Ky., Mack graduated from Louisville Male High School and went on to study medicine at the University of Louisville. During that time, he became interested in stock car racing and joined the Evansville, Ind.-based ARCA Racing Series team of 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel from 2002-04. During Mack’s time as car chief with Kimmel, the team won 23 races and three of its 10 championships, and Mack’s career trajectory changed from medicine to motorsports.

Joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 as a shock specialist, Mack transitioned to the No. 24 team and driver Jeff Gordon as a front-end mechanic for four season (2006-2010). When Dale Earnhardt Jr. switched teams with the 24 car for 2011, Mack was the front-end mechanic for the No. 88 team. In 2013, he went to JR Motorsports as a car chief for Regan Smith on the No. 7 team with crew chief Greg Ives, then switched with Ives to the No. 9 team for eventual series champion Chase Elliott in 2014. The team won three races that season on the way to both the team’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series title and Rookie of the Year honors.

Ives went back to HMS as crew chief for Earnhardt Jr. and Mack went along as the car chief, beginning in 2015. In 2017, Mack was the crew chief for two races with the team. His first time on the box, at Richmond in the fall, saw Earnhardt Jr. earn a 13th-place finish in the 400-lap event. He was also crew chief for a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that season.

When Earnhardt Jr. stepped out of the car at the end of the 2017 season, Mack left Hendrick to become crew chief for Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Cup Series before rejoining JR Motorsports with the No. 5 team midway through the season.

Mack is a family man and counts spending time with wife Lyndsay and daughters Hudson and Teagan as among his favorite things to do. His hobbies include sports and cars. “I like all sports, really,” he said. “I play basketball a lot and I like golf. I played golf in high school.”

Like any true car guy, Mack has a special machine. “I have a 1987 IROC Camaro in the garage that I like to tinker with,” he said. “It is black with T-tops...it’s my baby, but I don’t get to drive it as much as I like.”

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