HEIGHT: 6’4 WEIGHT: 230
HOMETOWN: ZEPHYRHILLS, FL
RESIDENCE: HUNTERSVILLE, NC
No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Crew Chief Brian Pattie has heard the word “new” a lot in 2012.
The 37-year-old veteran crew chief began the season at a new organization, with a new team, driver, sponsor and car number. But Michael Waltrip Racing’s newest team kept the same goal as all other NASCAR Sprint Cup teams: earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Pattie joined MWR in 2012 with driver Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota. The goal for the 2012 season has been to win races, lead laps and give MWR its first Chase appearance with the ultimate goal of celebrating a championship at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
And Pattie is right on schedule.
The 5-hour ENERGY team dominated the road course race at Sonoma and has raced at the front of the field throughout the 2012 season battling for one of the 12 Chase berths.
But that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Pattie spent the last three seasons working with former open-wheel standout Juan Pablo Montoya leading him to a berth in the 2009 Chase and a win in 2010 at Watkins Glen. Bowyer has earned a spot in the Chase in three of the last five years.
Success has marked Pattie’s career since the Zephyrhills, Fla. native began crew chief duties in 1999 for Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports. During his time at NEMCO (1999-2003) Pattie worked with drivers Nemechek, Ron Fellows, Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Reutimann and Kyle Busch.
Prior to joining MWR, Pattie worked for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing where he served as crew chief for Montoya in the Sprint Cup Series from 2008-2011. Pattie spent 2004 until mid-2008 working in the Nationwide Series for Ganassi where he worked with drivers AJ Allmendinger, Dario Franchitti, Kevin Hamlin, Montoya, Scott Preutt, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray and Michael Valiante.