MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 17, 2002) --- Robert Yates, owner of Robert Yates Racing (RYR), announced today principal organizational changes for his two race teams in preparation for the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Management changes include a new General Manager and Director of Competition as well as crew chief changes for both the #38 and #88 Fords.
Effective immediately, Doug Yates will assume the role of general manager for both the #38 "M&M's"® and #88 UPS Winston Cup teams, overseeing the daily operations of both teams. Yates will continue to work closely with Yates Racing Engines, which has a strong lease program in addition to supplying engines for Robert Yates Racing drivers Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler
Todd Parrott, seven-year crew chief for Dale Jarrett and the #88 team, has been named director of competition for Robert Yates Racing. Parrott's new role allows him to focus on big picture projects for both the #88 and #38 teams. His responsibilities include overseeing chassis design, car construction and development and testing. Additionally, he will provide technical and race support to RYR's crew chiefs at NASCAR Winston Cup races.
Brad Parrott returns to RYR and will assume crew chief duties for Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team for the 2003 NASCAR season. A 17-year veteran of the sport, Parrott worked for Robert Yates Racing for six seasons from 1996 to 2001. During his tenure with RYR, Parrott began as a chassis specialist and then later worked as assistant crew chief for the #88 team. Parrott most recently worked at Roush Racing as crew chief for Jeff Burton's #9 NASCAR Busch Series team, which won five of the 13 races in which the team competed.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for me and it's an opportunity I had always dreamed about," Parrott said. "Who better to further your career with than Robert Yates and Dale Jarrett, while having Doug Yates and Todd Parrott overseeing that team effort. I need to thank Roush Racing for giving me the opportunity of working with Jeff Burton last year and giving me the tools needed to be successful. One of the reasons you get recognized is because of success and I believe that what we did last year with the #9 team helped prepare me for this new role."
Raymond Fox, III has been named crew chief of the #38 "M&M's"® team with driver Elliott Sadler. A long-time employee of RYR, Fox has worked full-time as a mechanic for Yates since 1990, turning wrenches under drivers such as the late Davey Allison, the late Kenny Irwin, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd.
"The biggest transition for me is that I'll be less hands-on with the car because I'll spend most of my time discussing set ups and strategy with Elliott," said Fox. "I expect us to run well because the communication between Elliott and the #38 team is awesome. We feel like we have all been together for years. Robert and Doug must have some faith in my abilities so I am really looking forward to the 2003 season."
Yates' two teams, the #88 and #28, finished ninth and 10th in the 2002 Winston Cup point standings, respectively. Car owner Yates believes the organizational changes made to RYR will catapult the two teams back to the top of the sport of Winston Cup racing.
"I strongly believe that the changes and additions that we've recently put in place will make Robert Yates Racing a better organization," Yates said. "It's our primary goal here at RYR to win races and compete for championships, and I think we're on the right track to do that by increasing our depth in the personnel area. Our sponsors are very supportive of our drivers and the race teams and we're excited about going to victory lane with them in 2003."
Yates has been a Winston Cup car owner since 1989 when the late Davey Allison first wheeled the #28 Robert Yates Racing Ford around the circuit. Yates won the 1999 Winston Cup Championship with Jarrett and the #88 racing team and has a total of 53 wins as a Winston Cup car owner.