Mccauley Taking Time Off

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Troy Raker has been named the interim leader of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Team with driver Kurt Busch as crew chief Roy McCauley will be spending more time with wife, Amy, who is battling cancer.

"Amy has been winning her fight with Leukemia since it was first diagnosed back in February," McCauley said from his office at the Penske Racing headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. "But, there have been recent complications stemming from her long-term treatment and I feel as though I need to spend more time by her side."

"In the interim, I will maintain an active role with our team from a communications standpoint, but Troy Raker will be in charge, leading the team and working with Kurt on a daily basis at the race track," McCauley continued. "Amy is receiving the best care possible and we’re confident we will win the battle we are facing."

Raker, a 42-year-old State College, Pa., native and a graduate of Penn State University with a Master of Engineering degree, has been involved in NASCAR racing since joining Ford Motorsports as an engineer in 1993. He worked with drivers Ricky Rudd and Bill Elliott and their teams prior to taking a position with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2000. Raker came to Penske Racing from JGR in January and has served as chassis engineer for all of Penske Racing’s stock car teams.

"Troy has been coming to most of the races this year, working closely with Roy, team engineer Brian Wilson, car chief Corey Tucker and me in getting these cars ready to qualify and getting them set up for the race," Busch offered. "Roy will still maintain contact on a regular basis, but he needs to be there with Amy."

"We ask that you keep Amy and Roy in your thoughts and prayers as they work together to win the most important race of all," Busch said.

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