Mardy Lindley

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 1 Chevrolet

Mardy Lindley
Birth Date: 
July 10, 1972
Greenville, S.C.
Crew Chief - No. 1 Chevrolet

Mardy Lindley, a 12-year veteran of stock car racing, enters his first year at JR Motorsports as the crew chief for the No. 1 Chevrolet and driver Sam Mayer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Lindley has had a stellar career as crew chief, spending eight seasons in the ARCA Menards and NASCAR K&N Pro Series and three in what is now the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Although the 51-year-old crew chief is new to JRM, he is no stranger to the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet. Mayer and Lindley have previously competed together in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series. The duo combined for two championships together along with more than 15 victories as a pair. Back in 2019 they scooped up the championship title for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and also achieved the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East championship title, and the Sioux Chief Showdown championship. The 2023 season will be the first reunion for the winning pair since 2020.

The Greenville, S.C. native comes to JRM from Kyle Busch Motorsports, where he spent the last two seasons as crew chief on the No. 51 truck. In 2022, Lindley’s machines scored three wins, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes throughout the season with drivers Corey Heim, Kyle Busch and 2022 USAC National Midget Series champion, Buddy Kofoid. Lindley also helped Heim earn two pole positions. In 2021, Lindley led the No. 51 team to three victories, six top-five and eight top-10 efforts.  

Lindley’s passion for motorsports began at a young age as he traveled across the country watching his father, Butch Lindley, take racing by the reins. His father was a two-time champion of what is now the NXS in 1977 and 1978, but suffered career-ending injuries in a crash in 1985. After his father’s accident, the younger Lindley continued on the passion for motorsports and wound up helping Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1992 for multiple races.

Lindley was not just a crew chief and mechanic. The second-generation driver had many years of success in the Pro Cup Series as he raced his way to Victory Lane 11 times from 2000 to 2006 and was crowned champion of the series in 2001. In 2008, the South Carolina native landed at Roush Fenway Racing where he helped establish their ARCA team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. In 2009, he moved up to work with Greg Biffle as a mechanic on the No. 16 in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series for the next three seasons.

Lindley started his crew-chief career in 2012 when he went atop the pit box to call the shots for Bryan Ortiz with Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. The following season, he went on to achieve his first championship as a crew chief with Dylan Kwasniewski in the series. Lindley continued to pile up achievements as the years went on, leading to his teaming with Mayer, the youngest champion in NASCAR history.

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • June 29 05:00 PM ET
    Tennessee Lottery 250Nashville Superspeedway
  • July 6 02:30 PM ET
    Chicago Street RaceChicago Street Course
  • July 13 03:00 PM ET
    NXS Race at PoconoPocono Raceway
  • July 20 03:30 PM ET
    Pennzoil 250Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • August 17 03:30 PM ET
    Cabo Wabo 250Michigan International Speedway