Position: Crew Chief
Keith Rodden returns to Hendrick Motorsports in 2015, this time to crew chief the No. 5 Chevrolets SS race cars driven by Kasey Kahne.
A native of Denver, North Carolina, Rodden previously worked with Kahne and the organization as the lead engineer for the No. 5 team in 2012 and 2013. Rodden has enjoyed a long relationship with Kahne, having worked with the driver as a team engineer from 2004 until 2013.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Rodden’s motor sports career began in 2003 with owner Andy Petree. The following year, Rodden joined Evernham Motorsports to support Kahne’s NASCAR XFINITY Series effort.
In 2006, Rodden moved to Kahne’s No. 9 Sprint Cup Series team and began an eight-year stint under the tutelage of crew chief Kenny Francis. During the 2006-2011 run, Rodden played a key role as Kahne recorded 11 victories and 16 pole positions and qualified twice for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2006 and 2009).
In 2012, Rodden remained the lead engineer for Kahne when the driver moved to Hendrick Motorsports to pilot the No. 5 Chevrolets. There, Rodden helped Kahne achieve two wins, 12 top-five finishes, 19 top-10s and four pole positions en route to his third career Chase berth. The 2012 season also marked Kahne’s career-best result of fourth in the championship standings. Two more wins and another Chase berth followed in 2013.
Opportunity came knocking for Rodden, and he was named the crew chief for the No. 1 team at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014. Driver Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, earned two pole positions and achieved a career-best in laps led under Rodden’s guidance.
In November 2014, Rodden was named the crew chief for Kahne and the No. 5 team. The 2015 Sprint Cup Series season will mark his second year as a crew chief and his 11th season working with Kahne.
Date of BirthMar 27, 1981
Current ResidenceKannapolis, NC
02/14/2015 No. 5 Team Next Race Paint Scheme