New Crew Chief Named for Texaco/Havoline Ford in 2000

Charlotte, NC -- Robert Yates has named Michael McSwain crew chief for his No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford team and driver Ricky Rudd for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season. McSwain has been crew chief on the No. 10 Ford with driver/owner Ricky...

Charlotte, NC -- Robert Yates has named Michael McSwain crew chief for his No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford team and driver Ricky Rudd for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season. McSwain has been crew chief on the No. 10 Ford with driver/owner Ricky Rudd since May. "I think it's an opportunity of a lifetime," said McSwain. "To get a chance to work with Robert and Doug Yates and the whole organization is an honor. Ricky and I have spent the last five months together and even though I'm going to a new job, it's a big advantage that I won't have to learn the style of a new driver. Starting the season with the same driver you end the previous season with makes your transition into the new season a lot easier. It should allow us to come out of the box running good in Daytona." "Mike and Ricky already have a good relationship," said team owner Robert Yates. "Mike has been around for a long time and his experience and great track record speak of his ability to turn programs around. He has a lot of good theories and has grown up in racing. He's a pure racer." Yates will move the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline team into the Mooresville shop where Rudd's current team is located at the end of the 1999 season. "We'll add several members from the No. 10 team to our current No. 28 team in addition to hiring crew members outside the two teams. In numbers, we should be one of the strongest in talent and years of experience as a championship team. We have a pattern and we're trying to duplicate it and do everything we need to do to form a championship team." Yates has assigned Raymond Fox, III to interim crew chief duties for the remainder of the 1999 season. Fox has been employed with Robert Yates Racing since 1988 and has served as chief mechanic on the Texaco/Havoline Ford.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Robert Yates