Richard Buck

general manager RICHARD BUCK
Richard Buck was hired as Team Gordon General Manager prior to the April 16th, Die Hard 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Buck filled a much-needed position at Team Gordon, bringing 20 years of experience in the CART IndyCar Series with him, the most notable of which his years at Penske Racing where as crew chief he amassed 25 pole positions, 22 race victories, 5 Indy 500 victories, 2 CART Series Championships, 6 Series pit stop championships, as well being awarded “Chief Mechanic of the Year” honors twice.

Buck takes care of all the day-to-day responsibilities at Team Gordon as they build their young team into a NASCAR Winston Cup contender. Previous to his Winston Cup venture, he spent his career in the open-wheel ranks, including the early days as a top mechanic in the World of Outlaws series. One of Buck’s assets is his ability to acknowledge that racing is racing and the challenge of orchestrating a successful operation is the same no matter what series a team competes. He maintains a strict work ethic and a willingness to always learn.

Richard Buck began his career in motorsports working as a fabricator and mechanic in the Sprint Car ranks with Gary Stanton Racing. He toured the World of Outlaws series as the #1 mechanic working with drivers Al Unser Jr., Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser and Ronny Shuman. In 1983, and at 21 years of age, Buck became the youngest chief mechanic on the PPG CART circuit and at Indy. Success over the next three years with drivers Arie Luyendyk, Tony Bettenhausen, and victory in 1985 with Johnny Rutherford, landed him with Roger Penske’s legendary Indy Car outfit, Team Penske. As Crew Chief there, Buck worked with champion Indy Car drivers Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Jr.; was involved with 13 Indy chassis programs, three successful engine programs and numerous victories and championships as a result.