JD Motorsports signs Brad Parrott as crew chief for Mike Wallace
GAFFNEY, S.C. (January 29, 2011) -- In an effort to build on their momentum from last year, JD Motorsports has signed veteran NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief Brad Parrott for driver Mike Wallace and their No. 01 Chevrolet team.
Parrott will take over the running of the shop and pit box duties from team owner Davis. This will allow Davis to concentrate on the overall running of the team and alleviate him from overseeing every aspect of the car preparation during the week and at the track.
"This is the type of move I've been wanting to make for awhile," Davis said. "After talking things over with Mike and the team, we all feel bringing someone like Brad on will help us get better on and off the track.
"His experience and past success is something we're hoping to achieve again with him now at JD Motorsports. And, this will make us even more attractive to the potential primary and associate marketing partners we've been talking to lately."
This is also a reunion of sorts for the Wallace and Parrott families. In 1989, older brothers Todd Parrott and Rusty Wallace earned the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship and multiple victories together.
"I feel very good about making this move to JD Motorsports," Parrott said. "This new car is something I have really spent a lot of time on and really done some great research to be ready for when someone came calling.
"Working with Mike is going to be great. He's a good driver, knows what it takes to get better during practices and races, and will give you 100 percent every time out there. Having a Parrott and Wallace teamed up again is pretty cool, too. I can't thank Johnny and Mike enough for giving me this chance."
Wallace has four NNS victories to his credit and is looking forward to having Parrott on board with the team.
"This is a pretty great deal having Brad become part of our team as my crew chief," said the middle of the three Wallace brothers. "I really have to give Johnny credit for doing this and giving up something he has been so great in doing to keep this team competitive.
"Brad can move in there, pick up right where we left off last year and bring some of his knowledge to the deal, too. We have our cars ready for the beginning of the season and I am very much looking forward to Daytona, and the rest of the season, this year."