ODESSA, Texas — After purchasing the cars previously campaigned by Mike Edwards at the end of last year, up-and-coming NHRA Pro Stock racer Chris McGaha has added veteran crew chief Jim Yates to his team.
Yates, a former Pro Stock champion driver, will begin his duties with the Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro team at the season opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona Feb. 6-9.
“We are really excited to be able to add Jim Yates to our team,” said McGaha, who was both crew chief and driver of his Harlow Sammons Pro Stocker for several races in 2013. “We knew that Jim had done a great job with A.J., Jeg, and the Mopar team, and in the past he had also helped Johnny and Shane Gray and had plenty of success on his own. When we were working out the details with Mike Edwards to purchase his equipment, we talked about needing a crew chief, and Jim came up.
“Mike put in a good word for him. A few people did, actually, and I think everybody in our world was seeing the stars and moon align. Jim was available, my team needed a crew chief, and I think a lot of people saw that it would be the perfect match.”