His success and his innovative work sets the performance standard today.
There was a time when Paul Wolfe, the latest pit-road wizard in NASCAR, could have envisioned himself making the Sprint Cup driver championship speech Brad Keselowski will make tonight to cap the season-ending awards banquet.
Wolfe drove two Nationwide races in 2003 and three more in 2004 before signing on with Ray Evernham Motorsports to drive one of the team’s Dodges on the circuit in 2005. The names read like a hall of fame of stock car racing – Richard Petty, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cotton Owens, Carl Kiekhaefer, Tim Flock, Bobby Isaac, Bill Elliott, Buck Baker, Ray Evernham, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker.
All rode to NASCAR success – at one level or another – in Chrysler products.
The relationship became a point of contention with driver Jeremy Mayfield, who after being released from Evernham Motorsports alleged in a 2006 lawsuit that his boss was an absentee manager largely because of his "close personal relationship with a female driver he engages to drive on NASCAR's ARCA, Truck and Busch Series.""That relationship became a subject of considerable discussion and distraction in the Nextel Cup garage area during the 2006 season," the court document said.
Evernham, who still has a relationship with Crocker, admitted the outside distractions were a factor in performance and his ability to build a quality team."We did our part to not let it affect our performance," he said.
Passion: Evernham, who is 56 years old, he has a lot of success in his life.
This taught him the value of success and a lot of lessons in racing business.
Ten years later, Ray was offered the opportunity to team with, up and coming driver, Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports as a crew chief. During that time with Hendrick, he made a record of 47 wins in NASCAR including 2 Daytonas and 3 championships.
I was just wondering, I know the relationship between Erin Crocker and Ray Evernham is beyond professional, but I was just wondering if anyone knew if Ray or Erin had said anything publicly about their relationship, because they let everyone know they were a couple at the Texas race, So I was just wondering if...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Team owner Ray Evernham says the best thing for developmental driver Erin Crocker is to find a new race team.