HARRISBURG, N.C. (Sept. 29, 1999) Brian Whitesell, left, has been with
the No. 24 team since its debut at Atlanta in 1992.
Brian Whitesell is set to fill perhaps the biggest work shoes in the
NASCAR Winston Cup Series garage area. The crew chief he is replacing, Ray
Evernham, has helped driver Jeff Gordon capture three series championships
in the last four years and 47 wins overall. "This is just a fantastic
opportunity," Whitesell said. "I'm looking forward to doing the job the
best way I know how. Working with Ray has helped me understand the
dynamics involved between driver, crew chief and our spotter on race days.
Jeff Gordon and I have always communicated very well, also, and that's
extremely important. The emphasis on teamwork will remain at the center of
all we do and achieve. And I'm just real e***d about getting started."
Since coming to Hendrick Motorsports in 1992, Whitesell has literally
worked side-by-side with Evernham. A 35-year-old native of Stuarts Draft,
Va., Whitesell has been with the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet team since its
NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the fall of
1992. During that race -- and for every one of the 215 that followed --
Whitesell was positioned atop the pit box alongside Evernham.
Beginning his career at Hendrick Motorsports as driver of the No. 24
DuPont transporter, Whitesell also immersed himself in race day timing and
scoring duties. After serving in a myriad of capacities with the team,
Whitesell was named its Team Engineer, a newly created position in 1994.
Prior to being named Gordon's new crew chief, he was in charge of a staff
of five Hendrick engineers.
Perhaps more than any other Rainbow Warrior, Whitesell has had the most
contact with Evernham and Gordon on race days, something that should also
be invaluable as he assumes crew chief responsibilities. In recent years,
one of Whitesell's primary responsibilities was to gather information from
each track (and each lap run) and then share that with both Evernham and
Gordon. A detailed report was generated for each track and then archived
at the shop for future reference.
Whitesell, who graduated from ***ia Tech ('87) with a degree in
Mechanical Engineering, played an integral part in establishing the No. 24
team's blueprint for success. In 1997, the talented technician garnered
Western Auto's "Mechanic of the Year" award, recognizing his contributions
to the overall success of the team.
Source: NASCAR Online