With less than a week until the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience event on June 12 at Stafford Speedway, the Camping World SRX Series announced today the addition of three veteran crew chiefs and their local track champion counterparts to their pit crew roster.
NASCAR crew chiefs Jeff Hammond, Todd Parrott and Mike Beam will join a cast of local all-star crew chiefs special at each SRX event.
Prior to each race, all four leaders will be paired to three random drivers for the evening.
“Even though we’re shining a spotlight on 12 of the most accomplished drivers in racing every Saturday night in the Camping World SRX Series, racing is not an individual sport,” Ray Evernham, co-founder of the series, said in a release. “The driver is the quarterback, but the crew chief is like the head coach. He sees things the driver doesn’t, and he finds ways to get the best out of the driver by rallying a team around him. That’s always been a part of motorsports and it always will be.”
Hammond, Parrott and Beam all have a combined total of 77 NASCAR Cup Series victories between them, including crown jewel races such as the Southern 500, Coca-Cola 600 and the Daytona 500. The trio has sat on the pit box for NASCAR Hall of Famers like Darrell Waltrip, Dale Jarrett and SRX’s Bill Elliott.
“Mike Beam, Jeff Hammond and Todd Parrott – they’re all still very competitive people,” Evernham said. “They’ll have the unique challenge of making sure their team performs the best in a single race, but then again every week with a different group of drivers as they’ll also have their eye on the championship. And the local all-star crew chiefs will keep them on their toes. Each of them knows their respective racetrack better than anyone.
Local track champions Mike Christopher, Guy Forbrook, Keith Kunz, Tim Clauson and Scott Hansen will make one-time appearances on top of pit boxes in the 2021 season. The crew chief for Nashville Fairgrounds has yet to be announced.
The first SRX event will be live this Saturday, June 12, from Stafford Speedway on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
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