FORT WORTH, Texas – NAPA AUTO PARTS recognized George Reynolds for its Honorary Pit Crew Member (HPCM) program at the Texas Motor Speedway during the Samsung Mobile 500 on Saturday night.
Reynolds is the Regional Director of Sales for Texas with National Tire and Battery. He believes he’s in a win-win situation working with NAPA as the relationship is built around the essentials to success -- quality tires, service and parts.
A follower of IndyCar racing for nearly 20 years, Reynolds discovered NASCAR when his open-wheel favorites like Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish and Danica Patrick made the move to stock cars. He’s also pulling for NAPA and driver Martin Truex Jr. who happened to start the race from the pole.
My wife Camille and I are NASCAR fans too,” smiled Reynolds who enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience with his wife. “We live close by and we’ve been here before, but this is a lot more fun. We have never been this close to the action. I can’t get over how close we can get to the drivers. My wife is even more hooked on NASCAR now. She wants to do this every time because this is such a unique opportunity. NAPA spoiled us.
“I am really impressed with all the science that goes into this sport and all the work that goes into producing a successful race team.”
As part of the HPCM program, the Reynolds saw George’s name decaled on the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota during the garage and pit tour. Then they took part in a private meet and greet with Truex where Reynolds became a part of the team by receiving an official crew shirt. From there, he and his wife enjoyed dinner with the NAPA KNOW HOW crew, participated in pre-race festivities and watched a portion of the race on the NAPA pit box with crew chief Chad Johnston.
This season NAPA is hosting its popular Honorary Pit Crew Program at all of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The HPCM(s) will be chosen based on different criteria determined by the NAPA management from the region that hosts the race.