Hendrick Motorsports announced on Tuesday that veteran racing program manager Alba Colon has been named the team’s director of competition.
The longtime Chevrolet technical adviser will assume her new post over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the NASCAR season. She effectively replaces Darian Grubb, who was selected in November as crew chief for Cup Series rookie William Byron and the HMS No. 24. Colon will answer to HMS vice president of competition Jeff Andrews.
Colon, born in Spain and raised in Puerto Rico, has worked for General Motors since 1994. She initially was hired as a data acquisition engineer in charge of NASCAR and ASA competition, eventually spending time in the NHRA as well.
Colon was promoted in 2001 to program manager for Team Chevy’s NASCAR program. During her tenure, Chevrolet accumulated 14 manufacturer championships in NASCAR’s top division. She also became one of the most respected minds in the industry.
“Alba Colon was a key contributor to Chevrolet’s racing success for over two decades, including 14 NASCAR Cup Manufacturers’ Championships as our program manager in the series,” a Chevrolet spokesperson said in a statement. “We thank Alba for all of her contributions to Chevrolet Motorsports.”
The move is the latest change for a vastly revamped Hendrick program in 2018. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott return to the Foundation with Byron and Alex Bowman replacing Kasey Kahne and the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. respectively.
By Matt Weaver