Sunday, February 10, 2008

Crew Chief : Frank Kerr

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Name: Frank Kerr

Position : Crew Chief

Team : No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota Camry

Date of Birth : September 30, 1960

Hometown : Bensalem , PA

Residence : Mooresville , NC

Children : Frank Jr.

Spouse : Vickie Samantha

As JTG-Daugherty and Marcos Ambrose embark upon their first full season of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Frank Kerr will be the crew chief leading the charge. It’s a role Kerr served in last year during select events as the Australian driver competed at various tracks with multiple teams.

The two were able to build a solid foundation for the 2009 season in running the final four races together with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). Those races included Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

As JTG-Daugherty formed a technical alliance with MWR in October 2008, Kerr felt right at home since he once worked for MWR previously. The 48-year-old joined MWR in August 2006 to oversee the organization’s Research and Development department, but he didn’t stay in that role long. As MWR, approached their first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Kerr was named crew chief for David Reutimann during his rookie year.

Looking back, Kerr’s first experience as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief was with the No. 08 Braun Racing entry in 2005. The Bensalem, Pa. native also worked for Robby Gordon Motorsports as a co-crew chief of the No. 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry that same year.

In 2002, Kerr earned a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings during his tenure as crew chief of the No. 59 car driven by Stacey Compton. Kerr’s success as a car chief in 2001 at ST Motorsports led to his advancement.

Before joining ST Motorsports, Kerr relocated to North Carolina in 1999 to work for Curb Agajanian and his No. 43 NASCAR Busch Series team as a car chief for Jay Sauter.

Kerr has been involved in racing his entire life whether it has been behind the wheel or under the hood of a car. As a driver, Kerr won 250 races. He won in all different types of open wheel racing, such as, USAC, World of Outlaws and ALL STAR (four-time ALL STAR Champion).

Kerr began racing his father’s Quarter Midgets at the age of six years old before moving up and racing Modifieds at age 16 in the Northeast. It didn’t take long for Kerr to prove he was a winner behind the wheel. His success as both driver and crew chief will prove to be valuable for Ambrose and the No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota Camry team. 

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