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No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Crew Chief Brian Pattie has some rather simple goals for his driver Clint Bowyer in the 2014 season.
Win races, earn a third consecutive Chase berth and hoist the Sprint Cup trophy at season’s end.
The 37-year-old avid golfer begins his third season at Michael Waltrip Racing with Bowyer and the 5-hour ENERGY team as one of the favorites to battle for the title. Since joining MWR in 2012, Pattie has visited victory lane three times, finished second in the points in 2012 and last year equaled Bowyer’s career high in top five finishes.
But, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The father of four who coaches basketball in the off-season has a history of bold calls during the race that often turns out to be the winning strategy.
Success has marked Pattie’s career since the Zephyrhills, Fla. native began crew chief duties in 1999 for Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports. During his time at NEMCO (1999-2003) Pattie worked with drivers Nemechek, Ron Fellows, Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Reutimann and Kyle Busch. Pattie spent 2008-11 with former open-wheel standout Juan Pablo Montoya leading him to a berth in the 2009 Chase and a win in 2010 at Watkins Glen.
Prior to joining MWR, Pattie worked for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing where he served as crew chief for Montoya in the Sprint Cup Series 2008-2011. Pattie spent 2004 until mid-2008 in the Nationwide Series for Ganassi where he worked with drivers AJ Allmendinger, Dario Franchitti, Kevin Hamlin, Montoya, Scott Preutt, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray and Michael Valiante.
Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-HOUR Energy Toyota: “That was about what we expected and we’re right there with our Toyota teammates. We’ll be good in the Duels -- feel like we’ve got a solid 5-hour ENERGY Camry in the draft. We’ll be fine.” Michael Waltrip, No. 66 Blue-Def/AAA Toyota: “We haven’t had the speed since we got here and we’re trying to figure that out...
The Michael Waltrip Racing teams and drivers return to Daytona International Speedway Wednesday to resume practice in preparation for Sunday’s 56th annual Daytona 500. Thursday marks the first time the two 150-mile Duel races, races that determine the starting order for the Daytona 500, will be held at night. Friday and Saturday include normal practice sessions before Sunday’s “Great American Race.”
|11/16/14||FORD ECOBOOST 400||Homestead MIami||8th|
|11/9/14||QUICKEN LOANS 500||Phoenix||40th|
|11/2/14||AAA TEXAS 500||Texas||28th|
|10/26/14||GOODY'S HEADACHE RELIEF SHOT 500||Martinsville||7th|
|10/11/14||BANK OF AMERICA 500||Charlotte||43rd|
|10/5/14||HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400||Kansas||18th|
|9/21/14||OSRAM SYLVANIA 300||New Hampshire||14th|
|9/6/14||FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400||Richmond||3rd|
|8/23/14||IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE||Bristol||17th|
|8/17/14||PURE MICHIGAN 400||Michigan||6th|
|8/10/14||CHEEZ-IT 355||Watkins Glen||27th|
|7/27/14||CROWN ROYAL 400||Indianapolis||16th|
|7/13/14||CAMPING WORLD RV SALES 301||New Hampshire||6th|
|7/6/14||COKE ZERO 400||Daytona||9th|
|6/28/14||QUAKER STATE 400||Kentucky||23rd|
|6/22/14||TOYOTA - SAVE MART 350||Sonoma||10th|
|6/15/14||QUICKEN LOANS 400||Michigan||10th|
|5/17/14||Sprint All Star Race||All Star Race - Charlotte||7th|
|4/26/14||TOYOTA OWNERS 400||Richmond||43rd|
|4/12/14||Bojangles' Southern 500||Darlington||12th|
|4/7/14||DUCK COMMANDER 500||Texas Motor Speedway||8th|
|3/23/14||AUTO CLUB 400||California||16th|
|3/16/14||FOOD CITY 500||Bristol||15th|
|3/9/14||KOBALT 400||Las Vegas||23rd|
|3/2/14||THE PROFIT ON CNBC 500||Phoenix||13th|