NO. 99 ROUSH RACING TEAM PREPARES FOR UPCOMING PIT CREW COMPETITIONS Concord, NC (May 4, 2005) - In a matter of seconds the No. 99 Roush Racing team changes four tires, re-fuels and makes necessary adjustments to the No. 99 Scotts/Office ...
NO. 99 ROUSH RACING TEAM PREPARES FOR UPCOMING PIT CREW COMPETITIONS
Concord, NC (May 4, 2005) - In a matter of seconds the No. 99 Roush Racing team changes four tires, re-fuels and makes necessary adjustments to the No. 99 Scotts/Office Depot/AAA/World Financial Group Ford driven by Carl Edwards. This is a group of talented individuals that generally fly under the radar but whose services are necessary to win races and championships.
As the No. 99 over-the-wall team prepares for the upcoming races, they are also preparing for two pit crew competitions where they will compete for a combined monetary and prize package of over $500,000. The team will compete this coming Monday, May 9 in the National Pit Crew Championship powered by Tyson at the PIT Instruction & Training school. Then on Thursday, May 19, the team will appear once again at the NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge held at the Charlotte, Coliseum. With so much in cash and prizes at stake, along with pride and bragging rights, Edwards is looking forward to cheering his team on to victory lane.
"These guys are the best," said Edwards. "I think I have the best team in NEXTEL Cup racing bar-none. They work so hard both on and off the track and that shows. We have fast racecars on track and we have fast pit stops during the race. They are an integral part of the team and I certainly couldn't do what I do without them. I think they are going to bring their 'A' game to both competitions and I wish them the best of luck."
The No. 99 over-the-wall team consists of seven guys that come from all parts of the country. Rear tire changer Jason Myers calls Arvada, CO home, while front tire changer DJ Copp hails from Ontario, NY. Both rear tire carrier Trent Davis and jack man Tracy Duncan originate from North Carolina where Davis calls Vale home while Duncan calls Lincolnton home. Front tire carrier Shannon Keys moved to North Carolina from Byron, GA while the big men Joe "Hoss" Karasinski (gas man) and Eric Slade (catch can) are implants from Spotswood, NJ and Hillsdale, MI respectively.
Crew chief Bob Osborne has assembled a group of guys that he feels can get the job done no matter what the circumstance and he looks forward to watching them compete and get some well deserved attention.
"I think so many times the pit crews go un-noticed." Osborne continued, "These guys work really hard and give it everything they have every week and most of the time no one sees that. They practice all week long to go out and do their dance every Sunday or Saturday depending on the race. They work together like a well-oiled machine and I know that they will represent Roush Racing, the No. 99 team and Carl Edwards to the best of their ability. I definitely think we have the potential to go out and win as long as we stay mistake free."
The National Pit Crew Championship format is a head-to-head single elimination competition consisting of four rounds with the winner of each round advancing to the next round. The winner after four rounds will be declared the National Pit Crew Champion and receive $200,000. The NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Coliseum where teams will compete in seven head-to-head skills competitions.. The event will be televised on FX prior to the All-Star event on Saturday, May 21. The teams will be competing for $200,000 in cash and prizes as well as bragging rights.
For more information on the No. 99 Roush Racing team, log onto www.roushracing.com.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.