RWI RACING SELECTS NEW COMPETITION LEADERSHIP --Tony Liberati Named Crew Chief for the No. 66, Rick Carpenter Tapped as General Manager-- MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2007)--Officials of RWI Racing, LLC announced today the naming of two ...
RWI RACING SELECTS NEW COMPETITION LEADERSHIP
--Tony Liberati Named Crew Chief for the No. 66, Rick Carpenter Tapped as General Manager--
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 8, 2007)--Officials of RWI Racing, LLC announced today the naming of two individuals to key leadership posts in the team's competition structure. Beginning with next weekend's round of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship at Michigan International Speedway, veteran NASCAR crew chief, Tony Liberati, will serve in that role for the team's No. 66 Dodge, driven by 19 year-old Steve Wallace, a two-time pole winner thus far in 2007 Busch Series competition.
Liberati started his 21-year racing career in 1986, when he began work with well-known chassis builder, Hutcherson-Pagan. Tony made his initial foray into work with a NASCAR national series team in 1991 with Roush Racing. In 1995, he was named car chief for Roush's No. 99 NEXTEL Cup Series team and driver Jeff Burton. Liberati's first shot at being a crew chief would come in 2000, when he was named to lead the start-up Herzog Motorsports Busch Series operation with driver Jimmie Johnson. That team scored one win, four top-five and nine top-ten finishes during the 2001 season. Todd Bodine took Johnson's seat at Herzog for 2002 and the team had similar success, scoring another victory, as well as the team's first pole position. Following the closing of the Herzog team in mid-2003, Liberati returned to Roush Racing, where he led the team's No. 9 Busch Series effort with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth. Most recently, Liberati served as crew chief for South Point Racing and driver Brendan Gaughan.
In a separate, yet related, move, RWI Racing has named NASCAR veteran Rick Carpenter as the team's new General Manager. In that position, Carpenter will have oversight of the team's competition operations and will play a key role in its expansion to a two-car effort for the 2008 season.
Prior to joining RWI Racing, Carpenter was no stranger to RWI Racing team owner Rusty Wallace, as he served as team manager for Penske Racing's No. 77 Kodak Dodge, Wallace's teammate during the final years of his illustrious NEXTEL Cup Series driving career. Before his stint with Penske Racing, Carpenter helped to lead the Jasper Motorsports NEXTEL Cup Series operation.
Noted Rusty Wallace, "We're extremely pleased to announce the addition of these two very talented individuals to our team. Both of them have vast and proven racing experience and we're confident in their abilities. We're not satisfied with our team's performance thus far in 2007, but we're very excited about the potential that Tony and Rick bring to our team. Everyone knows that our driver, Steve Wallace, has a ton of talent; we believe that these changes will help him move closer to earning the vast success that he's capable of achieving. We're planning on expanding our Busch Series effort to two teams for 2008 and that will certainly require a lot of organization and planning. Both of these gentlemen will play a vital role in that process and I know that they'll do a great job."