Race Engineer, No. 12 Menards/Advance Auto Parts/DEX Imaging/BODYARMOR/MoneyLion Ford Mustang
With seven successful NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) campaigns – including a championship season in 2018 – already under his belt working with crew chief Todd Gordon, Samuel "Miles" Stanley is in his eighth season working as a race engineer for Team Penske. In 2020, Stanley embraces a new opportunity as he transitions with Gordon and the rest of the No. 22 team to work with driver Ryan Blaney on the No. 12 Menards/Advance Auto Parts/DEX Imaging/BODYARMOR/MoneyLion Ford Mustang.
Stanley joined Team Penske's established No. 22 team prior to the start of the 2013 race season. Working with Gordon and driver Joey Logano, Stanley helped lead the team to 21 wins, 100 top-five finishes and 159 top-10 results over six productive seasons. The team also qualified for the Championship 4 race three times, winning it all in 2018. After finishing fifth in the NCS standings last season, Gordon, Stanley and the crew from the No. 22 team are up for a new challenge this season as they hope to bring the same level of production to the No. 12 Ford team and Blaney beginning in 2020.
Stanley, a native of Akron, Ohio, attended the University of Akron and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2007. It was during his time in college that Stanley was bitten by the racing bug. As part of the Formula SAE program at the University of Akron, Stanley built Formula-style open-wheel cars and was able to travel both inside and out of the country to places like England and Germany, competing against other school's SAE programs.
Upon completion of college, Stanley began his career in the open-wheel racing world, working from 2005-2008 for Polestar Racing Group in the Champ Car Atlantic Series. During his time there, Stanley served as both an engineer and crew chief and worked with drivers like Katherine Legge and Alex Barron. While teamed up with Legge, Stanley was able to win three races and the team finished third in the season championship during the 2005 season.
In 2009, Stanley moved from open-wheel to stock cars, taking on a role with Robby Gordon Motorsports. Despite starting out as a race engineer, Stanley eventually moved his way up to the crew chief position for Gordon's part-time NASCAR Cup Series team.
In addition to working with Gordon's stock car program, Stanley also worked on the team's off-road efforts, including the Dakar Rally and the Score Off Road Championships. In one of the favorite motorsports moments of his career, Stanley was a part of Gordon's Dakar Rally run at the beginning of 2012. The team won five stages of the prestigious off-road event and eventually finished fifth overall.
Stanley joined BK Racing in the Cup Series for the 2012 season as the head of racetrack engineering. He oversaw the engineering programs on both the No. 83 and No. 93 NCS cars before he got the opportunity to join the Team Penske for the 2013 season.
Stanley resides in Mooresville, NC with his wife Sarah and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with motorcycles and classic cars and he is an avid cyclist.