Travis Mack

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

Name: 
Travis Mack
Birth Date: 
April 15, 1983
Hometown: 
Louisville, Kentucky
Position: 
Crew Chief - No. 1 Chevrolet

Travis Mack will embark on his second full season as crew chief of the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in 2020, having led driver Michael Annett and the rest of the crew to a breakout season in 2019.

A 15-year veteran of both Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports, Mack was the car chief on Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet in 2014 when the team earned the first of three NASCAR Xfinity Series championships. Taking over the No. 1 team as crew chief midway through the 2018 season, Mack led the team to three top-10 finishes in the final 14 races.

In 2019, Mack earned his first victory as a crew chief when Annett led the final 45 laps of the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, putting the team into the NXS Playoffs and allowing Mack and Annett to take some chances over the remaining 25 races. The team also won its first pole position at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and led laps before being involved in a crash while battling at the front of the field.

Once in the playoffs, Annett and Mack advanced to the Round of 8 before being stymied in the penultimate race of the season at ISM Raceway, amassing six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes along the way.

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 Louisville-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 spent the next five seasons with the No. 24 team and driver Jeff Gordon before transitioning with crew chief Steve Letarte to the No. 88 team and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the front-end mechanic. In 2012, Mack 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. 1 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.”

XFINITY Series Schedule

  • May 23 01:00 PM ET
    Alsco 300 at CharlotteCharlotte Motor Speedway
  • May 30 01:00 PM ET
    Mid-Ohio 170Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 6 01:30 PM ET
    LTi Printing 250Michigan International Speedway
  • June 13 08:30 PM ET
    Iowa 250Iowa Speedway
  • June 20 04:00 PM ET
    Chicagoland 300Chicagoland Speedway