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The most notable change in Troy Coughlin's JEGS.com turbo Chevy Camaro this season is crew chief Steve Petty, who Coughlin says knows a thing or two about making a turbo motor sing. Until this move Petty was working for the Roger Burgess R2B2 racing operation.
"There's very few people better with a turbo engine than Steve," said Coughlin, a past world champion in Pro Street. "There's a reason he won four of the last five races. He's good. But even Steve needs some time to become acquainted with this particular race car. Every car and engine is a little different. So Steve needs some time to get to know the equipment we've got and then let his talent take over.”
Crewmen Bryan Metzenheim, Mike Rees and Nick Gaylord return to assist Petty, while Coughlin's 2011 crew chief, Jake Hairston, moved to a new role at JNR Racing Engines in Mooresville, NC. JNR Racing Engines is under the JEGS umbrella.
"Jake is too talented to not keep within the JEGS.com Racing fold," Coughlin said. "He's going to be a big asset down there at JNR engines. I think he'll fit in well with Nick Ferri and Roy Simmons. They are all very similar in talent and desire."
Coughlin and the team will head south for testing sometime in the next month.
"I can't think of a time when I've been more excited about preseason testing," Coughlin said. "Steve is going to put a fast car under me and I know we have the potential to be running some personal-best numbers right out of the trailer. I have a feeling that with this group of guys and the performance package we’ll be running, we're going to be a tough out this season."
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