Eric Warren named to RCR post

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dr. Eric Warren has been hired as the new director of competition at Richard Childress Racing, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Warren, 43, has been a technical director at Richard Petty Motorsports since 2010. He previously was the technical director at Evernham Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing.

Warren will replace Kent Day, who has been the interim director of competition since Scott Miller left for MWR last season. He has been charged with turning around a program that put only Kevin Harvick in the Chase this season.

"I think obviously when Scott Miller left, there's kind of been a void in that particular area of the company," Harvick told ESPN.com. "As many of you know and you hear us preach all the time, this sport is really all about people. I think for us having Eric in that position will lead to some structure and some focus on a lot of things that we need to get better at.

"Just having somebody there on a daily basis is going to be a step in the right direction. Now it's all about putting a system into place that everybody buys into to lead everybody on a day-to-day basis and hopefully make things better.''

Harvick basically is out of championship contention at 10th in points. Paul Menard is 16th, and Jeff Burton is 19th.

RCR is winless this year after winning six times in 2011.