10 QUESTIONS WITH WALLY BROWN "The new crew chief of the No. 99 Office Depot team tells it all" CONCORD, N.C. (May 31, 2006) - In April of 2006, Wally Brown joined the Office Depot team as crew chief. Since his start as crew chief, the Office...
10 QUESTIONS WITH WALLY BROWN
"The new crew chief of the No. 99 Office Depot team tells it all"
CONCORD, N.C. (May 31, 2006) - In April of 2006, Wally Brown joined the Office Depot team as crew chief. Since his start as crew chief, the Office Depot team, piloted by Carl Edwards has brought home two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. Brown recently sat down to answer a few questions.
1. What has been the biggest adjustment from head engineer to crew chief? "The biggest adjustment has been making decisions on pit road. Not so much the adjustment to help handling, but the call for two tires, four tires, to pit or not pit."
2. There seems to be a shift in NASCAR in making engineers crew chiefs...what are your thoughts? "It seems to be a trend right now. I don't think it means a whole lot. I think it is happening because the next guy in line behind the crew chief is the race engineer. To me, he is the guy the crew chief relies on the most, followed by the car chief."
3. In your first six weeks atop the box, you have successfully brought home five top-10 finishes. Would you call that beginner's luck? "I don't think it is beginners luck. I think it is a great team with an awesome driver supporting me."
4. What are your short-term goals and long-terms goals for the remainder of the season? "Short term goal is to finish every race in the top 10 and accumulate enough points to get in the "Chase." If we can get in the "Chase," the goals will more ambitious."
Question 5: How does having the background as a driver help you to be a better crew chief with Carl Edwards? "I think my driving background may help just a little--
1) It gives me a lot more respect for the driver because I know how difficult it really is.
2) I feel like I can relate to his feedback. For example - A driver may say the front end is not turning but the car is loose. Doesn't make any sense right? I know what he is saying though because I have felt the same thing. This may help with the communication a little bit."
6. Wally, you were a driver earlier in your racing career...what do you miss most about being behind the wheel? "For me, it was just how much fun it was to race every weekend."
7. How long do you think it will be before you return the Office Depot Ford Fusion to Victory Lane? "If we can keep running like we have the last few weeks, the wins will come."
8. As an engineer/crew chief, what is your favorite track on the circuit? "I really enjoy going to Darlington."
9. Please describe your relationship with Carl over the last six weeks? "It has been a lot of fun. He is a pleasure to work with."
10. When Wally Brown gets a moment of free time, what can we expect him doing? "I enjoy spending time on the lake."