Prudhomme hires Rob Flynn to be Crew Chief on Blue Skoal Racing Funny Car. INDIANAPOLIS, May 22, 2002 - Not long after saying he was working on fixing his struggling Skoal Racing Funny Car team, Don Prudhomme announced the hiring of respected...
Prudhomme hires Rob Flynn to be Crew Chief on Blue Skoal Racing Funny Car.
INDIANAPOLIS, May 22, 2002 - Not long after saying he was working on fixing his struggling Skoal Racing Funny Car team, Don Prudhomme announced the hiring of respected crew chief Rob Flynn Wednesday, taking what he believes is the first step toward turning around the performance of the team.
Flynn becomes crew chief of Prudhomme's Blue Skoal Racing crew, effective immediately. He will be in uniform this weekend during the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park, Topeka, Kan. Flynn became available following an amicable departure from Chuck Worsham's two-car Funny Car team.
"Adding him to the Blue crew is a big plus," said Prudhomme, who commented last weekend that he would be making changes to help the team shake the effects of a recent slump. "I said adding because that's exactly what we're doing. No one is leaving. Larry Meyer (who had been serving as an advisor) will be Flynn's right-hand man."
Ed McCulloch, who had been handling the tuning chores for both Ron Capps' Green Skoal Racing Camaro and Tommy Johnson Jr.'s Blue car, will work strictly with Capps. Todd Okuhara remains as assistant crew chief on Capps' car.
"Flynn fits in with what we're trying to do," Prudhomme added. "He also has experience working with two-car teams and that certainly is a plus because he knows what that's all about. We're going to have strong leadership on both cars now and that's important to me. We need to get our cars to run competitively."
Flynn's credentials include 12 race wins as a crew chief, including five each from Del Worsham and Whit Bazemore and one each from Jerry Toliver and Dale Pulde. His multi-car team expertise comes from working with Toliver in 1999 and Worsham from mid-2000.
He also worked with McCulloch in 1993 when McCulloch drove a Top Fuel dragster. "He talked me into coming to work for Larry Minor's team then," Flynn said.
"Prudhomme has always been an idol of mine and I've always thought that if I ever had a chance to work with him I'd jump at it," continued Flynn, from Avon, Ind. "I consider this a career opportunity and am looking forward to the challenge."
Johnson is sixth in Powerade Series points going into this weekend's event while Capps is eighth.
"I'm excited to have Rob join our team," Johnson said, "and I look forward to working with him."
Flynn, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, began his racing career in 1982, working for Canadian Top Fuel driver Terry Capp. He worked for several different teams before serving as Bazemore's crew chief from 1994-98.