Roush Fenway Racing announced Wednesday that Drew Blickensderfer has taken over as crew chief of the No. 6 Sprint Cup Ford driven by David Ragan. Mike Beam will replace Blickensderfer as crew chief of the No. 60 Nationwide Team, with driver Carl Edwards. Beam had previously served as competition director of Roush Fenway's Nationwide program.
"It's obviously a great opportunity and I'm eager to work with David Ragan, the No. 6 team and everyone at UPS," said Blickensderfer, who won his first two races as a Cup crew chief in 2009.
"I actually started at Roush Fenway as a rear-tire changer and setup mechanic on the No. 6 team, so it is kind of like coming full circle. There is a lot of tradition that goes with that team here at Roush Fenway and it is really an honor to get to head it up. I look forward to the challenge and can't wait to get to Dover this weekend."
With the move, Blickensderfer returns to the Cup Series where he served as Matt Kenseth's crew chief in 2009, leading the No. 17 team to two victories, including the Daytona 500. In addition to wins in the Cup Series at Daytona and California, Blickensderfer boasts 12 wins in the Nationwide Series. In 2008, he guided Edwards' team to a Nationwide Series runner-up finish and, in 2006, he helped Danny O'Quinn Jr. capture the Nationwide Raybestos Rookie Award.
Beam, a 30-year NASCAR veteran, has served at Roush Fenway as a crew chief in the Nationwide and Truck series. He most recently served as director of competition for Roush Fenway's Nationwide program.
"I'm looking forward to getting back on the box and working with Carl and this No. 60 team," said Beam, who boasts 14 NASCAR wins as a crew chief. "Obviously Carl is a tremendous talent and the No. 60 team is one of the best in the series, so it's a really good situation to step into. Our goal will be to continue to run up front and take that No. 60 Ford to Victory Lane a few times."