Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Parrott To Guide TBR Nationwide Team

During the off-season, Tommy Baldwin Racing announced an expansion into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Veteran crew chief Brad Parrott has now been announced to head that team and young drivers, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Truex and Bobby Santos in an eight-race schedule with the No. 36 Chevrolet.

Parrott brings more than 20 years of knowledge to the rookie Nationwide program. The Charlotte, N.C., native has a plethora of experience in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. He has worked as crew chief and car chief for many successful teams in both series, including Yates Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. Parrott compiled 18 wins as a Nationwide crew chief. He won the 1999 Sprint Cup championship as car chief at Yates Racing, where he compiled 23 victories in his five-year tenure.

“I’m glad to be a part of TBR,” said Parrott. “Tommy has a long history in the sport, as do I. We’ve both been to the top ranks of the NASCAR, as well as smaller teams. I can relate to where his race team is going and I look forward to many years ahead. With the experience that I have, I look forward to bringing a young team with young drivers to the winner’s circle. I’m thrilled to work with Ryan Blaney, Ryan Truex and Bobby Santos, as well as our partners. 2012 will be very exciting for all involved.”

This season will mark TBR’s fourth season of competition. It  began as a part-time, one-car NSCS team in 2009 and developed into a top-35 team by 2011. In 2012, TBR plans to compete with two NSCS teams and a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series team. The team would like to increase the number of races in both the NSCS and NNS schedules, provided more sponsorship can be found.

“Brad has been in the sport for many years in many different positions,” said Baldwin. “His variety of experiences will help us build the Nationwide team from the ground up, in addition to assisting with some of the Cup program. His strengths will complement a lot of areas we need help with. I look forward to working with him and growing our program.”

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