MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING PROMOTES KERR TO CREW CHIEF FOR REUTIMANN'S NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES EFFORTS CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Michael Waltrip Racing has named Frank Kerr as the new crew chief for David Reutimann and his No. 00 Toyota Camry co-branded...
MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING PROMOTES KERR TO CREW CHIEF FOR REUTIMANN'S NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES EFFORTS
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Michael Waltrip Racing has named Frank Kerr as the new crew chief for David Reutimann and his No. 00 Toyota Camry co-branded by DOMINO'S PIZZA and BURGER KING during his campaign for the Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
"Michael has made some significant decisions for his company over the past months and I'm happy Frank has been presented with this opportunity and has accepted," Reutimann said. "We've worked together during test sessions and that has given us time to get to know each other. Frank has been a driver, a crew chief and a car chief in his career, which will be beneficial to our team. Since he has raced cars and worked on them, it will help us communicate successfully as driver and crew chief. He has an understanding of the inner workings of a race team and what I need to be an effective driver."
"Interestingly enough, I met Frank when I was 14 years old," Reutimann continued. He was a successful Sprint car driver and I was a huge fan. I was at the Florida Fairgrounds because my dad was racing there. I went and bought a photograph Frank's car and stood in line for his autograph. I still have that photograph today. It's crazy how different our paths were and we've ended up in the same place after all these years."
Kerr remembers it like it was yesterday.
"If you are a true racer, you have heard of 'Buzzie' and I'll never forget the day David approached me for an autograph when I was racing in his home state of Florida," Kerr said. "The saying that 'it is a small world' holds true in this business. His father is a champion and a legend. He still races today and is still winning championships. I'm proud to have the chance to work with his son on this level. We are two hometown drivers that made it to the big time and I'm thankful for this chance."
Kerr has worked with Reutimann during multiple NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test sessions laying the groundwork for his new role and looks forward to his full-time as crew chief.
"I have seen our prospects firsthand with TOYOTA and this is the type of opportunity that I have hoped for during my career," Kerr said. "Michael Waltrip Racing believes in David and so do I. He's been doing a great job and I'm glad we are able to continue our work together on a greater scale."
The 46-year-old joined Michael Waltrip Racing in August 2006 to lead the charge for the organization's Research and Development department. Obviously, Michael Waltrip Racing's upper management has been impressed with his leadership abilities, thus his advancement.
"David has been our primary NEXTEL Cup test driver since this past summer and every test has been directed by Frank Kerr," said Ty Norris, General Manager for Michael Waltrip Racing. "Every time they have worked together they have been fast.Frank gained a tremendous amount of confidence in David and they have already worked through that critical communication barrier that normally hinders a new driver/crew chief combination.That weighed heavily in the decision. Frank has meant so much to us in getting our program started that he deserves the chance to be David's crew chief."
"It made perfect sense to promote Frank to crew chief," said Team Owner Michael Waltrip. "Frank fits our crew chief mold. Kerr joins Matt (Borland) and David (Hyder) to complete our crew chief lineup. We found the dedication and determination in Frank necessary to carry this team to their first victory for BURGER KING, DOMINO'S PIZZA and TOYOTA."
Kerr's first experience as a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief was with the No. 08 Braun Racing entry in 2005. The Bensalem, Pa. native also worked for Robby Gordon Motorsports as a co-crew chief of the No. 7 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series entry during the same year. Kerr earned back-to-back top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings during his reign as crew chief of the No. 59 car driven by Stacey Compton in 2002 and 2003.
Kerr has been involved in racing his entire life whether it has been both behind the wheel or under the hood of a car. As a driver, Kerr won 250 races. He has won in all different types of open wheel racing, such as, USAC, World of Outlaws and ALL STAR (four-time ALL STAR Champion).