Prudhomme picks Green as crew chief

Mike Green named Blue Skoal Racing funny car crew chief for 2003 NHRA season. ENNIS, Texas, October 13, 2002 - Mike Green will be crew chief for Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Blue Skoal Racing Funny Car for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Series season, ...

Mike Green named Blue Skoal Racing funny car crew chief for 2003 NHRA season.

ENNIS, Texas, October 13, 2002 - Mike Green will be crew chief for Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Blue Skoal Racing Funny Car for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Series season, Prudhomme announced Sunday.

Green began 2002 in the same position but was released after the first race. He is currently the crew chief for Darrell Gwynn's Top Fuel dragster. Also returning with Green to the Tommy Johnson Jr.-driven Blue Camaro is Tommy DeLago, who is Green's assistant crew chief.

"The truth is, I think the timing was wrong then," said Prudhomme of his decision to rehire Green. "Obviously, I still think enough of him to ask him to come back and take over running the Blue crew. I don't think he got a fair shake running the car so I thought he deserved another shot at it. I believe the timing is perfect for it."

"Snake was certain that we were the guys he wanted to run the car," said Green of his decision to leave Gwynn's team at the end of the season. "One important part was the fact Prudhomme was restructuring the team. I'll run the Blue car and Tommy and I will do it the way we think it should be done. Our goal is to come to the Skoal camp, make some improvements and help out the team. We're excited about it."

Since Green joined Gwynn's dragster team at mid-year, driver Andrew Cowin has one runner-up finish (St. Louis), three No. 1 qualifying positions, including this weekend at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, and has moved from 11th to eighth in points.

"I'm impressed by what he's done with the dragster," Prudhomme said.  "I
think he and Tommy make a good pair and they work well as a team.  I
think that's real important.  I'm excited about it."

Johnson, a three-time runner-up this season, went into the Fall Nationals in eighth place with 933 points. Current crew chief Rob Flynn and assistant crew chief Larry Meyer will remain with the Blue crew for the remaining two 2002 events.

Ed "Ace" McCulloch will continue as crew chief on the Ron Capps-driven Green Skoal Racing Funny Car and Todd Okuhara stays as assistant crew chief in 2003. Capps, seventh with 999 points, has one win (Columbus, Ohio) and has been runner-up twice this year.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Andrew Cowin , Darrell Gwynn , Tommy Johnson Jr.