ONE HAPPY "HOLLY-DAY": HAROLD HOLLY JOINS RUSTY WALLACE RACING
--Former Champion Crew Chief to Lead Steve Wallace's 2008 Nationwide Series Title Bid--
MOORESVILLE, NC (December 27, 2007)--Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing announced today that Harold Holly, former NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Crew Chief, has been selected to lead two-time 2007 pole winner, Steve Wallace and the No. 66 team in their bid for the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship.
One of the most well-known crew chiefs in Nationwide Series history, Holly dominated the series during the 1999-2001 seasons. During that time, he and driver Jeff Green combined for 13 wins, 11 poles, 56 top-five finishes and 72 top-tens en route to the 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship. His 72 top-ten finishes equate to scoring a top-ten in three of every four races during that 96-race span. Holly's run during that time still holds the records for top-five finishes in single season (27 in 32 starts) and greatest championship margin of victory (616 points). Prior to his appointment by Rusty Wallace Racing, Holly served as crew chief on the No. 66 HAAS / CNC Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
As a result of this move, Steve Darne, interim crew chief on the No. 66 in 2007, has been named crew chief for the team's newly-founded No. 64 entry, which will compete for the 2008 Nationwide Series Owners' Championship with former Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, David Stremme, 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Champion, Max Papis and teenage sensation Chase Austin, behind the wheel.
Noted team owner, Rusty Wallace, "I'm really excited to have Harold Holly on board to lead our No. 66 team in 2008. His record of success in the Nationwide Series is second to none and with his Cup experience, Harold should really be able to help take our team to the next level. Everyone knows that we didn't run quite as well as we had hoped last year, but our new General Manager, Rick Carpenter, has done a tremendous job of assembling what we believe is a championship-caliber team. I can't think of anyone better to lead that team than a former champion like Harold Holly. I'm really excited about our program in 2008."
Said Holly, "Rusty Wallace is a legend in our sport, so needless to say, I'm excited about the chance to work with his team. He has a beautiful facility and is willing to make sure that we have everything we need to win races and contend for championships. Combining all of that with a fast and hungry young driver in Steve Wallace has me really looking forward to Daytona. Steve has shown everyone that he's got the speed and potential to be a star in our sport and I'm excited about the challenge of taking our teams to the next level."