Steve Hmiel to serve
as Crew Chief for Steve Park
(May 11,1999) Press Release
Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced today that Steve Hmiel will
serve as interim crew chief on Steve Parks Pennzoil Monte Carlo for the remainder of
1999 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Hmiel replaces Philippe Lopez who resigned Monday.
"Steve Hmiel is very valuable to our
organization overseeing the technical direction for all of DEIs teams," said Ty
Norris, director of motorsports at DEI. "But, we need Steve to put his concentrated
effort on the Pennzoil team with Steve Park until we fill the crew chief position, and I
dont expect us to fill that position for a few months."
Since October, Hmiels duties as technical director at DEI included car preparation
at the teams race shop in Mooresville, N.C. as well as assisting in pit strategy and
car setups at the track. He is also DEIs liaison to RAD - the three team aerodynamic
alliance with the Childress and Petree organizations.
Hmiel, 44, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, worked at Roush Racing from its formation in 1987
until October helping Mark Martins team to eight consecutive finishes in the top six
in the standings between 1989 and 1996. Hmiel and Martin combined for 18 victories, 30
pole positions, 111 top-five finishes and 160 top 10 performances in 228 starts. Hmiel
also served as general manager of Roush Racings Liberty, N.C. - based operation as
well as crew chief for Johnny Bensons car.
"I cant promise anything except that we are going to work as hard as possible
to get Steve Park and the Pennzoil car to run as fast as they can each race," Hmiel
said. "I think Steve Park has a world of talent and you will start to see more and
more of that talent come through as he gets experience. This weekend is only this
kids 33rd Winston Cup race. As his experience grows so will the results."
Lopez served as crew chief since the teams inception in 1997.