McSwain joing Joe Gibbs Racing 2003

Joe Gibbs Racing announces Michael McSwain as new crew chief of the ...

Joe Gibbs Racing announces Michael McSwain as new crew chief of the #18 car in 2003.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., (Oct. 30, 2002) -- Almost one month ago, Joe Gibbs Racing announced the search was to begin for a new crew chief to handle the duties for driver Bobby Labonte and the #18 Interstate Batteries Racing Team. Through a very determined and deliberate process the search is over. Beginning with the 2003 season, Michael McSwain will take over the reigns of one of the most successful teams in NASCAR Winston Cup racing in recent years.

"We are all very excited that we are able to announce Michael joining our organization," said team owner Joe Gibbs. "We feel as though he will be a good fit with everyone else we already have in place here. And most importantly, we all think he will be able to work very well with Jimmy (Makar) in his new role, along with Bobby (Labonte) and Zippy (Greg Zipadelli)."

"I am excited about the chance I am being given to join Joe Gibbs Racing," said McSwain. "All of this is happening so fast and it probably hasn't quite sunk in yet. I know what I am being brought into to accomplish and I am looking forward to working with everyone to get Bobby and the #18 car back to the head table in New York."

"I especially need to thank Ricky (Rudd) for giving me an opportunity back in 1999 and then bringing me with him over to Robert Yates Racing," added McSwain. "I also need to thank Robert and Carolyn (Yates) for everything they did for me. Without those people, I would not have the opportunity I do today."


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Robert Yates
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Yates Racing