BUSCH: Tommy Baldwin Racing names Otto as Crew Chief

Tommy Baldwin Racing names Ron Otto as Crew Chief of The 2004 Hungry Drivers Racing Program. Otto to lead the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series No. 6 Dodge Team. MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 6, 2004) -- Tommy Baldwin Racing announced today Ron Otto has...

Tommy Baldwin Racing names Ron Otto as Crew Chief of The 2004 Hungry Drivers Racing Program.
Otto to lead the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series No. 6 Dodge Team.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 6, 2004) -- Tommy Baldwin Racing announced today Ron Otto has been named Crew Chief for the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge effective immediately.

In his new position, Otto will guide four hungry, up-and-coming drivers behind the wheel of the No. 6 Dodge, sponsored by Ragu ® pasta sauce, Shedd's Country Crock ® and Hellmann's ® mayonnaise. Three drivers have been named including Tracy Hines, Mark McFarland and Paul Wolfe. An announcement regarding the fourth driver is expected later this month. The Hungry Drivers program allows each driver to compete in three races throughout the 2004 season. The driver who delivers the best performance will be in a prime position to secure a full NASCAR Busch Series ride in 2005.

Otto is looking forward to his new role as crew chief at Tommy Baldwin Racing and is excited about being a part of the unique Hungry Drivers program.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Tommy Baldwin's Busch Series effort," said Otto. "The uniqueness of the Hungry Drivers program is going to stir up a lot of excitement in the Busch Series. You have four up-and-coming drivers, each eager to showcase their talent and perform better than the others. What that means to me is that every week, I will have a driver in the seat putting his heart and soul into what he is doing on the track. As a crew chief, you can't ask for more than that. It's going to be a very exciting season."

A Columbus, OH native, Otto's racing career began by preparing and racing cars in the ARCA series and Super Late Model races around Ohio and Michigan. In 1996, Otto made the move to North Carolina to take his racing career to the next level by taking a job with Martin Motorsports as fabricator and tire changer. Since then, Otto has worked for some of NASCAR's top teams today including Hendrick Motorsports and most recently, Richard Childress Racing. Upon his departure from Richard Childress Racing, Otto was serving as car chief for the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet driven by Robby Gordon.

Tommy Baldwin feels that Otto will make a great addition to his organization.

"Ron was the obvious choice when I was determining who was best suited to lead this team," said Baldwin. "His knowledge about race cars is both extensive and impressive. He has worked with a couple of championship organizations and I know that he will bring that winning attitude to this team. He has the knowledge and skill to bring along new talent and I am confident in his ability to work with each of these four drivers and help them achieve success on the race track."

About Tommy Baldwin Racing: 2Tommy Baldwin Jr., a native of Bellport N.Y., is at the top of his game and continues to prove that he is one of the best Crew Chiefs in the Winston Cup ranks.

Like so many NASCAR drivers and crew members, Baldwin's involvement in racing was inspired by his family. His father still competes in the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series where young Baldwin learned the ropes.

At 37, he is one of the younger leaders in NASCAR, but carries out his duties as a veteran.

His career as Crew Chief began in 1997 with veteran car owner Junie Donlavey. He joined Bill Davis Racing at the end of the 1998 season and stayed with the team until 2002. With Davis, he and Ward Burton clinched the illusive 2002 Daytona 500. He has spent the past season with Ultra Motorsports and driver Jimmy Spencer.

Tommy's work ethic is no-nonsense and straight-forward. His goal is to win each weekend and he instills that in everyone around him.

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