DEI moves crew chief to Waltrip's team


Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2004



Michael Waltrip will have his third different crew chief in less than a year when he returns for the 2005 season.

He's hoping Tony Eury Jr., who helped Dale Earnhardt Jr. finish fifth in the Nextel Cup Series standings this year, will finally give him the kind of direction that could save his job.

Waltrip knows his employment after 2005 at Dale Earnhardt Inc. relies on a top-10 finish. That's why he likes the changes at DEI.

"We have been looking to make some changes at DEI in the last few months to further improve the direction we are going," he said. "Richie Gilmore (team director) and the management decided this would be a positive move for both team's performance."

Eury Jr. moved over to Waltrip's team; his crew chief, Pete Rondeau left Waltrip for Earnhardt Jr.

Tony Eury Sr. was moved from his role as car chief with Earnhardt Jr. to a role with Martin Truex Jr.'s part-time Nextel Cup team.

Eury Sr. and team founder Dale Earnhardt were cousins.

John Andretti to visit troops in Middle East

John Andretti traveled to Middle East this week to meet with U.S. servicemen.

Andretti flew to Bahrain, where he met with sailors who are involved in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I feel obligated to try and do something for our military," Andretti said. "The Navy contacted me and has been very accommodating. I feel it would be a better experience for me than it will be for them."

Celebs kick off sobriety drive at Atlanta track

Local celebrities will be at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday to get "drunk."

Rapper Da Brat, Olympic gold medal swimmer Steve Lundquist and CNN's Kyra Phillips will be some of the celebrities who will wear special "fatal vision goggles" that simulates the effects of intoxication.

They will drive a car around the speedway's road course to show just how difficult it is to drive under the influence.

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