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Matt Swiderski
Crew Chief, No. 12 Ford Mustang

Matt Swiderski begins his first season with Team Penske in 2018 and will lead the No.12 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team, working closely with driver Austin Cindric. Swiderski joins Team Penske following a successful run with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), where he worked as crew chief of the No. 3 NXS team with drivers Ty Dillon, Scott Lagasse and Brian Scott. The 2017 season marked Swiderski’s first full-time season as a NASCAR crew chief after successfully working his way up through the ranks.

Previously, Swiderski was the head of vehicle performance at RCR for three seasons, where he oversaw a team of 25 race engineers, simulation engineers, performance engineers and software developers. Swiderski was largely responsible for RCR’s growth in research and development and diversifying its engineer staff.

Swiderski, a Chicago native was attracted to racing when he was young. He enrolled in Kettering University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2005, Swiderski joined RCR’s engineering staff and spent three years working as a data acquisition engineer before being assigned to race engineer for the No. 2 RCR XFINITY Series entree in 2007. With driver Clint Bowyer, Swiderski was a part of two race wins in 2007 and a championship-winning season in 2008 where Bowyer won one race.

Following the championship season in 2008, Swiderski was promoted to race engineer of the No. 07 with driver Casey Mears in the NASCAR Cup Series. He spent the 2009 – 2011 seasons with Mears and Kevin Harvick.

As race engineer for the No. 29, Swiderski saw much success during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons winning three races, while recording 16 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes in 2010 en route to a third-place finish in the championship. The No. 29 team followed up in 2011 with another four victories and another third-place finish in the standings.

Swiderski briefly stepped away from stock car racing in 2012 to take a job with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport provider in Hawthorne, California founded by Elon Musk. Serving as a loads engineer in the dynamics group, he worked on some of the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecrafts. After just eight months in the new role, Swiderski returned to racing as chief race engineer for RCR and was named head of vehicle performance in January 2014.

Swiderski also earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  He and his wife, Amanda, have one daughter.