Kent Day

Dr. Day comes to the Lee College of Engineering with 25 years in the automotive industry, the last 18 of which have been in professional motorsport.  Most recently, he was the technical director at Richard Childress Racing (RCR).  In that capacity, he was responsible for the technical development of RCR’s race cars for competition in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series.  Prior to RCR, Dr. Day was the chief engineer at Penske Racing where he managed the engineering group supporting Penske’s NASCAR racing division.  During his motorsports career, Dr. Day has played a significant role in developing and applying state-of-the-art simulation tools in the racing environment.   As a doctoral student at Clemson, Dr. Day was one of the initial engineers working in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series to use and apply vehicle dynamics simulation.

Assistant Professor, Motorsports
Office: 
Motorsports Research 111
Phone: 
704-687-1274
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2002.
Research: 
  • Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
  • Driver Modeling
  • Tire Testing and Modeling
  • Handling Assessment and Metrics
  • Influence of Multi-Car Aerodynamics on Vehicle Handling
  • Vehicle Stability
  • Driver Simulators
Motorsports Program Areas: