Pruett Gets A Crew Chief Jarrett Gets An Inspection
July 2, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Parrott, 32, of Huntersville, N.C., worked for four years at Robert Yates Racing as car chief for the No. 88 Ford Quality Taurus and has honed his skills over the last 14 years with premier racing organizations like Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing and Roush Racing.
Parrott said team owner Robert Yates offered encouragement and he was looking forward striking out beyond his brother’s (Dale Jarrett’s crew chief Todd Parrott) shadow.
"I’m more than ready," Parrott said. "I’ve know that this would be the next step for me and the opportunity to work as crew chief for the Tide team came at just the right time. I’m excited about jumping right in and giving everything I can to help move this team forward. This entire organization is committed to racing and so am I. I’m looking forward to contributing across the board as a leader and as a teammate."
Parrott said the he will also be instrumental in assembling the second team that owner Cal
Wells has on the drawing board for the 2001 season with McDonald’s as the sponsor, but a firm decision on a driver has yet to be reached.
Joe Garrone, who had been acting as interim crew chief will continue in his role as program manager.
Teardown of Yates Engines Raises Eyebrows and a Crowd
NASCAR officials disassembled the winning pole motor of Dale Jarrett among a gathering of angry crew members and interested competitors in the garage on Friday. The crew of the No. 88 carefully surrounded the table while the inspection took place, hoping to dissuade spies with cameras and notepads from other teams from taking key information from the site.
Although this process is customary with any pole or race-winning engine, one engineer
referred to the process as "appalling."
"I’m only standing here because this is my job," said an engine builder from a top-five team. "But none of us like to see this. We don’t spend millions of dollars in technology to have our progress displayed for everyone to see."
NASCAR Winston Cup director Gary Nelson defended the actions by saying it "clarifies the perception from the reality."