Former Holden Racing Team manager Rob Crawford has returned to the V8 Supercars Championship as team manager for Kelly Racing's #11 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing and #51 Pepsi Max Crew entries.
Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly and Greg Murphy all enjoyed great success under Crawford during his ten-year spell with the factory Holden outfit and Kelly Racing co-owner Todd Kelly is delighted to have landed one of the most successful team managers in the Championship's history.
“The appointment of Rob Crawford was a further step in developing the team's ideal staff structure,” said Kelly.
“This will be a huge boost to Greg Murphy, Karl Reindler and all the crew on our Fair Dinkum Sheds and Pepsi Max cars as the experience and success Rob has had in V8 Supercars as Team Manager is impressive to say the least.
“Rob will also be pivotal for the added responsibilities of the team with our 2013 Car of the Future program with Nissan.
“We have two important but separate business streams underway concurrently being the Car of the Future Development Program and 2012 Race Operations of which Rob will play a critical role in Race Operations department.”
Before leaving the Holden Racing Team in May of last year, Crawford managed offshoot team Kmart Racing to its back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 2003 and 2004 and headed up the HSV Dealer Team to championship victories in 2006 and 2007. Crawford also worked with Gibson Motorsport when it ran the factory Nissan team.
“To be part of this growth phase of Kelly Racing and be there for the 2013 Car of the Future program with Nissan was genuinely a major motivation for my return,” said Crawford.
“The operation is very impressive and I have no doubt the team will be a dominant force in the future. However before that we have a job to do this year and I will be giving it my all to get these cars further up the grid.”
Current team manager, Matthew House will continue as team manager for Todd and Rick Kelly in the two Jack Daniel's Racing entries.