Todd Parrott hired as Tommy Baldwin Racing crew chief
February 03, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
After his vow to return, Parrott will call shots for No. 36 team
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Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Todd Parrott as the crew chief for its No. 36 Chevrolet entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Monday.
Although no driver has been disclosed for the No. 36 this season, Parrott's hiring comes following his reinstatement to the sport after a suspension and ultimate release from his previous job as crew chief for the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports. Parrott violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy last season, but quickly completed the NASCAR Road to Recovery program.
"I'm glad to get back to the sport I love and I've missed," Parrott said in a team release. "I'm looking forward to working with Tommy ... and the driver of the No. 36. I'm hoping to try and build this team into something bigger and better. I'm humbled. I'm going to continue to do what I know how to do and just try to make race cars go fast. I'm tickled to be here."
Winner of the 1996 and 2000 Daytona 500s and the 1999 premier-series title with Dale Jarrett, Parrott is a seasoned veteran of the sport. His total of 31 victories is the third-highest among active crew chiefs.
"We at TBR are excited to take another step and grow our company with Todd Parrott," team owner Tommy Baldwin said. "He will be a great addition to the team. I think it's important for everyone in this sport to have a second chance. Todd has earned that right by handling everything as a professional, by going through the NASCAR mandated recovery process. He has two Daytona 500 wins and a championship, which has earned him his right in the industry, and we are proud to have him on board to help take the No. 36 to a new level."