Gray named NHRA vice president of technical operations After a national search, NHRA has hired Glen Gray, formerly of Delphi Corp. and its electronics and safety division, for the newly created position of vice president of technical operations. He will report directly to Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president-racing operations.
Gray has spent 25 years working with Delphi in a number of engineering capacities. Most recently, he was motorsports engineering manager, leading a Delphi team of software, mechanical, and electrical engineers in the development of complex electronics products used in motorsports worldwide. In addition, he supported motorsports safety initiatives in several race series through the use of electronics and crash sled testing.
"Glen demonstrated, from the beginning of the process, his extensive experience in technical and safety issues," said Light. "To have someone join NHRA with his knowledge and understanding of these areas provides a great complement to our current team and ongoing initiatives specific to safety and technology."
While at Delphi, Gray served as the lead spokesperson for the company on all motorsports technical issues and throughout his career has shown his versatility in the area of motorsports engineering, programming, and systems. In addition, he has a strong business acumen that will be invaluable when implementing technical and safety initiatives at NHRA. Most recently, he has played an instrumental role in the crash sensors mandated in all Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock classes in 2008.
"I am excited about the opportunity to join NHRA and bring new, fresh ideas into the sport as it relates to technical and safety measures," said Gray. "NHRA is a unique form of motorsports and will require me to call upon all aspects of my experiences in motorsports."
Gray graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering technology. Gray and his family will relocate to Southern California from their home in Kokomo, Ind. He will join NHRA Aug. 19.
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