NO. 43 CREW CHIEF
A native of Charlotte, N.C., with a long family history in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Todd Parrott brings with him over 15 years of experience as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Through his time in the highest ranks of NASCAR, Parrott has led different drivers to wins, poles and a Sprint Cup championship. It is because of this that he is known as one of the most respected crew chiefs in the sport today.
Parrott's first crew chief position came at the former Robert Yates Racing operation working for Ernie Irvan in 1995. The pair were together for only a few races, but Parrott helped lead Irvan to two top-10 finishes. The results solidified the trust of the Yates family in Parrott to be an instrumental leader in their family race operation. For the next eight seasons, Parrott was the lead crew chief for the Yates family.
Parrott was the leader of the famed No. 88 team with driver Dale Jarrett from 1996-2001. Throughout those years, Jarrett had some of his best results in his career, and it all accumulated to the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in 1999. The duo of Parrott and Jarrett never finished worse than fifth in the championship. It solidified Parrott as one of NASCAR’s all-time best crew chiefs.
It was also at Yates Racing that Parrott first hooked up with a young Elliott Sadler. Serving as his crew chief beginning in the middle of the 2003 season through late 2005, the duo paired up to earn two victories en route to Sadler’s most successful season to date.
Parrott left the Yates organization to join Petty Enterprises in 2006 where he helped lead Bobby Labonte to three top-10 finishes. He then returned to Yates Racing the same season to help lead a young David Gilliland.
He directed Gilliland to his first career Sprint Cup Series pole later that year and the following year he prepared the car that Gilliland won the pole with for the Daytona 500. Later that season, he led Gilliland to his first career top-10 finish in the Sprint Cup Series.
For the 2008 season, Parrott worked with new driver Travis Kvapil, and in 2009, he moved to Hall of Fame Racing.
Todd Parrott joined the Richard Petty Motorsports family in July 2010 after spending the first half of the season as a member of Roush Fenway Racing. Parrott was again teamed with Elliott Sadler and led him to another pole.
In 2011, Parrott remained at Richard Petty Motorsports and served as crew chief for the No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion and driver Marcos Ambrose. With Ambrose behind the wheel, the Parrott-led team added a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win to their list of accomplishments with a victory at Watkins Glen International in August.
In 2012, Parrott was again the leader of the No. 9 team and Ambrose. The duo once again took the win at Watkins Glen, and Parrott led the team when Ambrose won his first two poles in the Sprint Cup Series. Later in the year, Parrott was named the crew chief of the No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola. Almirola and Parrott quickly earned two top-10 and one top-five finish to close the season. He will start the 2013 season as crew chief of the No. 43 team and Almirola.
In all, Parrott has amassed 30 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR’s highest level of racing.
Parrott is the son of former Richard Petty crew chief Buddy Parrott.
Outside of racing, Parrott enjoys relaxing on the lake near his Mooresville, N.C. home and spending time with his kids, Tyler and Chandler.