Chicagoland: Sadler - Friday media visit

Elliott Sadler will run his first race in 2010 with new crew chief Todd Parrott at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday night. Richard Petty Motorsports named Parrot as crew chief for the ...

Elliott Sadler will run his first race in 2010 with new crew chief Todd Parrott at Chicagoland Speedway Saturday night. Richard Petty Motorsports named Parrot as crew chief for the #19 Stanley Ford team, reuniting Parrott with Sadler who worked with each other at Yates Racing in 2004. Sadler spoke briefly prior to qualifying about his new crew chief.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW CREW CHIEF AND THE RELATIONSHIP YOU TWO HAVE. "I think when Todd got let go from the No. 17 I started asking him questions like if he thought the magic could work again? Could we get ourselves back into the position we were in a few years ago where we qualified very well on Friday and running really good on Sunday? He has a lot of experience and every driver-crew chief is looking for that combination and communication that makes you fast and competitive. Todd and I had that once. We need his experience. We are very young on the No. 19 team and he brings a ton of experience and knowledge to our team. I needed that as a driver. I needed somebody with some experience. We started to talk about it to see if it could happen and I am very happy to be working with Todd again."

HOW LONG UNTIL YOU NOTICE AN IMPACT FROM THIS CHANGE? "I think from a communication standpoint as far as keeping me settled down and confident in the car it will be felt right away. He doesn't have a lot of hands on with this car here in Chicago, but he then has a week off to get ready for Indy where he has a great track record there. His record speaks for itself at Indy and he knows what he wants there. Hopefully over the next couple of races his hands on stuff will start paying off on Sunday, but with immediate impact will be how I feel and communication in the car on Sunday."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports , Yates Racing