HAMPTON, Georgia, Nov. 18, 2000 -- Pat Tryson has joined the ...
HAMPTON, Georgia, Nov. 18, 2000 -- Pat Tryson has joined the #21 team as crew chief, effective immediately. The Wood Brothers made the announcement today following second-round qualifying for the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"It's exciting to be here," said Tryson. "The Wood Brothers are great people and it's nice to work for a great organization like that. Elliott Sadler is a good young driver, and hopefully we can do a lot of great things together in the next year or so."
"Pat will concentrate on just the cars, and Len (Wood) and I will do all that aggravating stuff, the testing, the travel and all the things that crew chiefs have to keep up with," said Eddie Wood, one of the team's owners. "The way it's going to be set up, Pat will still be part of the Roush organization as far as crew chief meetings and aero programs, just as if he were still a crew chief at Roush. He's bringing a lot of that knowledge with him, and it'll be ongoing technology that we'll get throughout the year, and that's one of the big things about it.
"Pat's a good guy. And he's smart. And he's very clever. He's one of those people who's a good people person, and that's what you've got to have. Next year we're going to be together every week, and so you got to have somebody that the guys can look up to and respect, and Pat is that person. No one in this garage will tell you any different. Everybody who's ever worked for Pat will tell you the same thing. One of the things that led us to Pat was his leadership ability, plus his ability to deal with people and keep people happy. To be a leader, but a friend with them, too. Plus, he's smart. You got to have all of it, and that's Pat.
Tryson replaces Mike Beam, who resigned last month. Tryson just completed his first full season as crew chief of the #16 team.