Sospenzo named MWR No 00 crew chief

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MWR HIRES SOSPENZO AS CREW CHIEF OF #00 CHAMPION MORTGAGE TOYOTA CAMRY FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON

CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 9, 2008) -- Today, Michael Waltrip Racing announced Peter Sospenzo will take over as crew chief of the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry beginning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the remainder of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Bill Pappas, who previously served as Michael McDowell's crew chief, will advance to head of engineering.

"Walking into Michael Waltrip Racing for the first time last night, I was surprised by how beautiful the facility is and how efficient the operation has become and I am really looking forward to working here," Sospenzo said. "When I heard there may be a change, I started talking to Dr. Eric Warren and Cal Wells. I worked with Ryan Pemberton at Ginn Racing and stayed in touch with him. It's going to be nice to work with him again and also work with Bobby Kennedy."

McDowell welcomes the new opportunity.

"Peter has been in the business for years and worked with teams like Penske and Hendrick Motorsports," McDowell said. "He has a lot of experience and has been successful at his job. This is a new opportunity that the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry team will take advantage of to improve our performance."

The deal was finalized overnight and Sospenzo is eager to work with McDowell during his rookie year.

"He's young, ambitious and seems like a really good guy," Sospenzo said. "I can't wait to get started and move forward with him. Hopefully, we will have some good things ahead of us and we can build a long-lasting relationship."

Sospenzo looks forward to his newfound position at Michael Waltrip Racing and hopes to return to Victory Lane in the near future.

"I won with Jeremy Mayfield at California and Pocono (2000) and with Joe Nemechek at Richmond (2003)," Sospenzo said. "I have been able to work with some great teams and drivers and I'm proud to now be a part of Michael Waltrip Racing."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Waltrip , Joe Nemechek , Michael McDowell , Bobby Kennedy
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Michael Waltrip Racing