New Crew Chief Named For ...
New Crew Chief Named For #7 NationsRent, Ultra Motorsports NASCAR Winston Cup Racing Team Wednesday April 4, 2001; Mooresville, NC
Veteran crew chief Jim Long has been named as the new crew chief for the NationsRent, Ultra Motorsports Racing Team. The Mooresville, North Carolina NASCAR Winston Cup racing team fields the familiar, black and yellow #7 Ford Taurus on the NASCAR Winston Cup Racing circuit for driver Mike Wallace. The personnel change is effective immediately.
In making the announcement, team owner Jim Smith said: "We needed to make a change with our Winston Cup program at Ultra Motorsports, and we needed it to be an immediate change. It was a mutual decision between our former crew chief, Tim Brewer and myself. This NationsRent, Ultra Motorsports team was not running anywhere near its' potential. As a team we set some weekly and monthly goals at the beginning of the season, however we have not been attaining our objectives. This decision was a very difficult one for me to make. I've known and have been close friends with Tim Brewer for close to 30-years. I will still remain as best of friends with Tim."
Jim Long has functioned in the role of crew chief for five years. Most recently, he was with the Darwin Ordt owned, #75 Ford racing team. Prior to that he spent two years with Bessey Motorsports. Long was also with the defunct Stavola Brothers racing organization. He has two Winston Cup wins to his credit with driver Ricky Rudd. Long commented: "Ultra Motorsports has tons of potential. We have all of the tools here at our disposal to create a solid organization. I want to get on the same page with Mike Wallace and the entire NationsRent racing team as soon as possible."
Long added:" In the short term, we will use two or three of the best racecars that we have available to us. I want to use these same cars as often as possible so we can get comfortable with what each car likes. We also need to get a good handle on both our qualifying and race setups. Further down the road, I want to see this team get into the top 20 in points by the end of this 2001 season. Long term, I look to this Ultra Motorsports organization to be a contender on a weekly basis."