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NHRA: Etchells Racing's Expanded to include Larry Meyer

13 November 2000

Pomona, Calif., November 12, 2000 - Team owner Chuck Etchells today announced 
that noted crew chief Larry Meyer would be joining the Etchells Racing Team 
starting with the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season. Meyer will join the 
team in the newly created position of Research and Development Technical 
Engineer, encompassing both Tommy Johnson Jr.'s Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools 
Camaro and Jim Epler's Racing Champions/Matco Tools Camaro.  

"I've said all along that we weren't going to make the move to a second car 
without doing it right," explained Etchells.  "I believe hiring Larry is a 
major step in that direction.  There are many teams out here with two cars. 
Each has a crew chief assigned to tuning each one, but neither one has time 
to develop and implement new technology.  That's where we see Larry coming 
in.  Instead of babysitting one car, Larry will use his knowledge and 
expertise, working with both Etchells Racing Camaros to help maximize their 
performance on race weekends."

Meyer has been a fixture in the NHRA pit area for thirty-eight years. 
Although he has worked with several notable teams and drivers including Tom 
"The Mongoose" McEwen, Brad Anderson and Lori Johns, he is best known as the 
only crew chief other than Austin Coil to have won a Winston Drag Racing 
Series Funny Car championship in the last eleven years, having tuned Cruz 
Pedregon to the title in 1992.  He sees his new assignment at Etchells Racing 
as an exciting opportunity, and is looking forward to getting started on next 

"Our team concept for next year is to have one organization that is both 
strong and ambitious," stated Meyer.  "We are going to work together as one, 
with each car able to help each other.  I'd like to thank Chuck and everyone 
at Etchells Racing for the opportunity, and am ready to reward their 
confidence in me by contributing to their success."

Current Etchells Racing top wrench Terry Manzer also recognizes the 
importance of this latest addition to the roster, and sees great potential in 
what Meyer's strong engineering background will do for the team's future 

"Obviously, I'm excited to have someone of Larry Meyer's stature join the 
team," stated Manzer.  "We are very similar in both our thinking and 
analytical approach to things.  I also believe his engineering talent has not 
been fully utilized to this point, and I'm looking forward to having him on 
our side.  It's going to be a real plus for Etchells Racing to have him on 
board to work with us as well as the manufacturers to develop the new 
technology we need to succeed.  "