David Ragan’s Team To Get Help
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Last year, David Ragan was one of the unexpected success stories in NASCAR.
This season, his has been a story of disappointment.
On Friday, his team-owner announced that he was going to attempt to get the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion rolling in the right direction once again.
In an effort to improve communication between Ragan and the engineering support group at Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush announced that Chris Andrews will be working with the team for the next five weeks.
Andrews, RFR’s Engineering Manager, has been with the organization for almost three years and will assess what changes may be necessary to benefit the team’s performance.
“I made the decision on Chris’ special assignment for the next five weeks after consulting with Robbie Reiser, our General Manager, and the other RFR crew chiefs,” said Roush. “We arrived at the consensus for Chris to assist Jimmy (Fennig) and David with the application of our engineering tools to help with pre-weekend preparation and tuning at the track.”
Crew chief Jimmy Fennig will continue to call the races for the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion and be involved in on-track activities throughout the weekend.
Last year, Ragan barely missed making the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. He finished the season 13th in points.
This year, Ragan and his team have struggled.
They have just one top-10 finish, the 6th-place finish they had at Daytona in February. Ragan’s best finish in the last five races was 23rd.
The team arrived at Michigan International Speedway Friday 31st in points.
“Chris is obviously our head engineer and he’s just kind of bridging the gap between myself and Jimmy, and everyone else in the Roush Fenway organization,” Ragan said at Michigan. ”A little bit of help is always needed when you’re struggling and in a small slump.
“Certainly, Jimmy is still the guy on our UPS team, but I think Chris can just bring a little extra to the table and give me some things to think about, work with our engineer, and he’ll be helping us for a couple of weeks – just trying to get things figured out. We haven’t been as fast as we’d like, but, at the end of the day, we’re all working together for a common goal and that’s to get the UPS Ford back up front.”