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Brian Pattie (born April 9, 1975) is an American auto-racing crew chief and the current crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. He has achieved six wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one with Montoya (in 2010), three with Bowyer (all in 2012), and two with Stenhouse (all in 2017). He has 21 wins overall[citation needed] as a crew chief.

Brian Pattie
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1975-04-09) April 9, 1975 (age 44)
Zephyrhills, Florida[1]
OccupationCrew chief
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportNASCAR
Team17. Roush Fenway Racing

Throughout his career, he has also crew chiefed for drivers Joe Nemechek, Ron Fellows, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Jerry Nadeau, Tim Fedewa, David Reutimann, Blake Feese, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Kevin Hamlin, Scott Pruett, Michael Valiante, A. J. Allmendinger, Dario Franchitti, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Krisiloff, Scott Lagasse Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, and Greg Biffle.

CareerEdit

In 1994, Pattie began his career as the fabricator for the NEMCO Motorsports team, owned by driver Joe Nemechek in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series.[2] In 1996, he started working for Hendrick Motorsports at the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series.[2] He returned to Nemechek in 1997 as the crew chief at the Nationwide Series.[2] Between 1997 and 2003, Pattie only attended a few Cup Series races per year, mostly on road course races, crew chiefing for the No. 87 team, driven by Ron Fellows. Fellows came close to several wins with Pattie as crew chief, finishing 2nd at Watkins Glen in 1999 and leading the most laps at Sonoma in 2001.

In 2003, Pattie started working as the team manager for NEMCO as well as the crew chief for their No. 7 (Randy LaJoie) and 87 (Joe Nemechek) cars.[2] In 2004, Chip Ganassi Racing recruited Pattie as the crew chief for the No. 41 car (Reed Sorenson) at the Nationwide Series.[2] In 2007, he was the crew chief for Dario Franchitti[1][3] and Scott Pruett.[4][5] In May 2008, he started working as Juan Pablo Montoya's Cup Series crew chief.[6][7] The duo remained together until midway through the 2011 season, where he was replaced by Jim Pohlman. Pattie and Montoya qualifyed for the Chase in 2009 despite going winless. In 2010, they won the race at Watkins Glen, which was Montoya's second Cup win and Pattie's first win in the Cup Series as a crew chief.

In December 2011, he was named as the crew chief for Clint Bowyer at Michael Waltrip Racing, which was expanding to three cars in 2012 with Bowyer's No. 15 team.[8] It was a great year for MWR and Bowyer, who won three races and finished second in points. They weren't as successful the next three years, and with Bowyer winless since his three-win season in 2012, the team decided before the race at Michigan in June 2015, to move Pattie to MWR's No. 55 car, driven by David Ragan, in a flip-flop with Ragan's crew chief Billy Scott, who became Bowyer's crew chief.[9]

When MWR shut down following the 2015 season, he moved to Roush Fenway Racing as crew chief for the No. 16 team driven by Greg Biffle. Due to lack of sponsorship, Roush shut down the No. 16 car after 2016, and Pattie was moved to the team's No. 17 car driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. In his first year working with Stenhouse, they earned two wins at Talladega in May and Daytona in July, which qualified the team for the playoffs. They remained together for the next three years. After the 2019 season, Stenhouse was released from Roush in favor of Chris Buescher. However, Pattie and Buescher will not work together as the team later confirmed that he would not be back as the crew chief for the No. 17 team in 2020.[10]

BiographyEdit

He was born on April 9, 1975 to Paul Pattie (1946-2007) and Thelma "Hege" Pattie in Zephyrhills, Florida. He attended and graduated from Zephyrhills High School in 1993.[11] He is a long-time friend of former NASCAR driver David Reutimann, and they went to high school together.[12]

Pattie and his wife have four children, three daughters named are Alexis, Aubree, and Aleesia, and a son named Brennan.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b James, Brant (1 June 2008). "Zephyrhills' Brian Pattie new man on NASCAR's hottest seat". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Crew chief Brian Pattie answers your questions". sports.espn.go.com. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Franchitti to make NASCAR debut in Martinsville Truck Series race". covers.com. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Friendship not necessary for teammates". sports.espn.go.com. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Pruett looks for breakthrough". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Montoya gets his third crew chief". srpressgazette.com. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Brian Pattie, el mecánico de Montoya". El Espectador (in Spanish). 12 July 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  8. ^ Associated Press (5 December 2011). "Brian Pattie named crew chief for Clint Bowyer". aol.sportingnews.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  9. ^ "MWR swaps crew chiefs for Bowyer and Ragan as teams slump". The Associated Press. June 9, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Roush Fenway Racing confirms Pattie will not return as No. 17 crew chief". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. October 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "FROM DIRT GROWS CREW CHIEF'S DREAM JOB", Brant James, 11 February 2009, St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 13 September 2012
  12. ^ Newton, David (16 June 2011). "A dynamic father-son duo". sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 13 September 2012.

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