Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Brian Pattie has signed with the team to serve as crew chief with Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota next season. Pattie has won 18 Nationwide Series races with several drivers. He also served as a Sprint Cup crew chief with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
Team owner Michael Waltrip said:
Brian is someone whose been on our radar for a very long time. He brings a strong technical background, along with great leadership and Chase experience. We have high hopes for Brian, Clint and the 5-hour ENERGY team heading into 2012 and we think this is the perfect mix of talent, experience and leadership.
Michael Waltrip Racing is an up-and-coming team making improvements every day. I know how close it is to joining the upper echelon of the Sprint Cup Series. When I started talking with Michael about opportunities at MWR I really did my research and was impressed by their commitment to getting to the top of the sport. I feel like this is a great opportunity to join a new team with a new driver and start building something special. Clint’s proven how good he is and I know that will get even better in 2012.
I’ve known Brian Pattie for a long time and the thing that impresses me the most is how he calls a race and his knowledge of racecars. We both grew up working on dirt cars and have pretty similar backgrounds. We understand each other and I think we speak the same language. I know once we get together and start working we’re going to see great results.