Michael Waltrip Racing Announces 2008 Crew Chief Lineup
CORNELIUS, N.C. (December 14, 2007) -- Today, Michael Waltrip Racing announced its 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief lineup with the recent hiring of Paul Andrews, Bill Pappas and Ryan Pemberton.
Andrews will serve as crew chief for Michael Waltrip and the #55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry team.
Pappas is assigned to the team, which will field the #44 UPS CAMRY for Dale Jarrett then become the #00 team at Martinsville (Va.) when David Reutimann takes over the #44 UPS ride.
Pemberton is the crew chief for David Reutimann, who will race the #00 Aaron's Toyota Camry for five races before switching to the driver of the #44 UPS team. Pemberton and Reutimann will remain together through the transition.
Jerry Baxter remains as crew chief of the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry driven by David Reutimann in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Michael Waltrip comments on 2008 crew chief lineup:
"My vision of Michael Waltrip Racing becoming one of the elite organizations in NASCAR has not changed since the day I started this team. Over the past four months we have made significant moves to position ourselves for success with the addition of my new business partner Rob Kauffman, our Technical Director, Dr. Eric Warren, and EVP of Business Operations Cal Wells.
"Our logical next phase was to bring in race and championship winning crew chiefs to lead our teams. And we have done that with the addition of Paul Andrews, Bill Pappas and Ryan Pemberton.
"The degree of difficulty in our monumental start up in 2007 was evident and standing flat-footed heading into 2008 was not an option for us. I could not be more proud of the recent developments. MWR is here to stay and I think these moves show our commitment to long-term success."
Andrews, Pappas and Pemberton comments on new role at MWR:
"I am really looking forward to working with Michael again," Andrews said. "Last year as the season went on, it was evident that Michael Waltrip Racing was making improvements. There is so much potential here, which is noticeable and that's what attracted me to this team. Good things will happen for this organization because they are continuing to hire quality people. I wanted to come here and help them work their way into the top-35 in points because I know they are capable of doing that."
"Last season, Michael Waltrip Racing built a foundation and now they are working on the internal pieces," said Pappas. "I am pleased to have been chosen to be apart of this growth. I respect the vision of both Toyota Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing. In addition, it is a tremendous honor to be an integral part of Dale Jarrett's final races. Jarrett is an ambassador to the sport and has had great success throughout his career. I am eager to work and learn from him throughout the season."
"Michael Waltrip Racing is a team that's growing and I want to be a part of that," Pemberton said. "I have respect for this team because I know how hard it is to start up an organization from scratch. There's a lot to overcome just to make it to the racetrack when you are developing a new program especially of the magnitude they did. I can appreciate all of their hard work and dedication last season. Also, I feel really good about being David's crew chief. I told many of my peers that I had decided to make Michael Waltrip Racing my home and they said that I would enjoy working with David and that says a lot about him."