Martin Moved to Crew Chief of RCR Special Teams Program WELCOME, N.C. (July 20, 2004) -- Gil Martin has been named crew chief for Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) special teams program. Martin's new responsibilities will include the crew...
Martin Moved to Crew Chief of RCR Special Teams Program
WELCOME, N.C. (July 20, 2004) -- Gil Martin has been named crew chief for Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) special teams program.
Martin's new responsibilities will include the crew chief roles for the No. 33 Bass Pro Shops team (with driver Kerry Earnhardt) in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the No. 29 ESGR team (with an all star cast of drivers) in the NASCAR Busch Series. He has been the team manager for RCR's No. 29 GM Goodwrench team since midway through the 2002 season. He served as the team's crew chief for the first 23 races before handing the reins over to current crew chief Todd Berrier.
"Gil's had a lot of success over the years, with RCR and other programs he's worked with, but the biggest factor is the strong leadership qualities he brings to the program," said Mike Dillon, RCR's general manager of competition. "He's worked great with veterans and rookie drivers, which is something we plan for him to do more of in the future with this program. While Gil's been a great asset to the GM Goodwrench team, we think that his knowledge and talent will be better utilized in this new role."
The three races remaining on the 2004 Bass Pro Shops calendar are Aug. 22 at Michigan International Speedway, Oct. 3 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Oct. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The ESGR team is scheduled to race twice more this season -- Sept. 25 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway (with Earnhardt/Air National Guard & Air Force Reserves) and Nov. 21 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (with Harvick/Coast Guard Reserve).
"I'm excited about the opportunity because we're really going to take the program to a new level," said Martin. "Kevin and I already have a good relationship so everything will run smooth when he runs the ESGR Busch car at Homestead. Kerry and I worked well together when I helped out earlier this year when he ran the Bass Pro Shops car at Talladega. We're going to go back to Michigan to test in early August and we're going to take Jim Sauter with us as a teaching tool for Kerry to help him get acclimated with the track a bit better.
Martin has earned two victories as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and 11 in the NASCAR Busch Series. Both Cup Series victories were earned at RCR -- in the 2001 season finale with Robby Gordon and the No. 31 team at New Hampshire International Speedway, and in 2002 with Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway. He was also the crew chief when RCR's No. 21 Busch Series team earned its first victory, in 2001 with Jeff Purvis at Pikes Peak (Colo.) International Raceway. Martin came to RCR toward the end of the 2000 season.
Martin replaced Gary Cogswell, who was released July 13.