The relationship between a crew chief and a stock-car driver is much like a strong marriage, built on a foundation of trust, communication and honesty.
There needs to be a symbiotic interaction, unfiltered, without egos getting in the way. A crew chief is a racing coach, responsible for the car set-ups and race-day strategy and adjustments, always on the fly, with no second to spare.
Just follow the trajectory of the No. 24 Chevy at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Retiring at 44, Jeff Gordon last won a NASCAR Cup title in 2001 but will be gunning for a remarkable fifth this weekend, a feat that would not be possible without his wing man, Alan...