More Crew Chiefs Named
January 5, 2007 | 10:31 A.M. EST
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 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.”
Bill Davis Racing announced that Derrick Finley will serve as crew chief for the #36 OTC 360 team and driver Jeremy Mayfield.
Finley, 35, began his tenure at Bill Davis Racing near the end of the 2003 season and was chosen to become the crew chief of the #22 Caterpillar team for the final two races of the 2004 campaign. Finley spent 2005 calling the shots for that team before moving to the #55 [Michael Waltrip] team for the 2006 season.
Midway through 2006, Finley returned to his engineering roots and became a key part of both the #55 and #22 teams' efforts. Finley will pair up with veteran driver Jeremy Mayfield in 2007.