Paul Andrews – General Manager & Crew Chief
Paul Andrews is one of the most respected individuals in motor sports and visible proof that the American work ethic is still alive and well. As a young man Paul was toiling in St. Louis at the OK Vacuum Repair shop owned by Rusty Wallace’s father. Through that connection he began working on Rusty’s USAC stock car after hours in the late 70′s. With Rusty driving and Paul wrenching, the pair won the ASA Stock Car Championship and when Alan Kulwicki was searching for a new crew chief in 1988 Rusty recommended Paul as the one to take the job. That marriage, soon became a large part of NASCAR lore and legend.
Paul helped engineer Alan’s rise to prominence in NASCAR and is widely acknowledged to be the person who made the tough, strategic calls which led to Alan winning the 1992 Winston Cup Championship. Tragically Alan lost his life in a plane crash on April 1, 1993 and besides dealing with the loss of a close friend, Paul, had a race team to resurrect. Initially he helped Geoffrey Bodine consolidate the Kulwicki team assets and got Geoff’s operation up and running. In 1999 Paul joined Dale Earnhardt, Inc.and helped Steve Parks earn two wins that year. Always in demand Paul also worked with Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises and was later lured away by Michael Waltrip Racing. Paul’s NASCAR career statistic’s as a crew chief currently stand at one Winston Cup Championship, 12 victories and 30 pole positions.
Recognizing an opportunity perfect for his management and technical expertise, Paul accepted an offer and joined Cunningham Motorsports in 2009 and moved the organization from Statham, Georgia to Mooresville, North Carolina. Under his supervision and direction Cunningham has become a top team in ARCA winning more races and leading more laps since Paul’s arrival than any other competitor. As a Penske Driver Development team Cunningham has delivered Rookie of the Year awards to three of their most recent young charges, Parker Kligerman, Dakoda Armstrong and Alex Bowman. Paul’s presence at Cunningham ensures that the team will continue to be the go-to operation for talented young drivers looking to develop their skills and fast-track themselves into NASCAR’s top series.
Tim Andrews – Car Chief
As the son of NASCAR Championship Winning Crew Chief, Paul Andrews, Tim grew up in the racing industry, with his sights set on driving. He scored his first NASCAR series win in the Busch race at Dover in 2006 beating Steve Parks to the line in a photo finish while father Paul cheered him on from the top of the pit box.
Tim most recently competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Go Green Racing as well as selected events in the Nationwide Series for both Go Green and Randy Hill Racing. Finding the funding necessary is the the main hurdle Tim has faced in continuing to find competitive rides and has supplemented his driving and enhanced his value to any team with his expertise as a driver-savvy chassis engineer, instructor and crew chief.
For 2013 Tim has taken his talents home, so to speak, and has joined Cunningham and is working to expand the team’s already significant reputation for delivering results on and off the track. Tim will work with Cunningham as Car Chief for the #77 ARCA Dodge Charger and as a driver coach for the team in both the ARCA and NASCAR K&N Series.
Bob Melvin – Fabricator/Mechanic
Bob began his racing career in 1990 in New England, building and racing street stocks, modifieds and baby grands. His move to North Carolina came in 2004; to work for Evernham Motorsports. He has raced with Cunningham Motorsports for two years, since 2010.
Anthony Puckett – Mechanic/Tire Specialist
Anthony began his racing career when he started racing street stocks at Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, NY, before moving to Mooresville, NC to pursue a career in professional motorsports. After attending the 5 Off 5 On pit crew school in Mooresville, Anthony changed tires for 2 ARCA Racing Series teams before coming to Cunningham Motorsports in the 2011 season; currently working as a mechanic in the shop and providing race track duties as the tire specialist.
Richard Coleman – Spotter
Richard started spotting in 1990 at Orange County Speedway and South Boston Speedway. In addition to spotting in many different series including ARCA, Hooters Pro Cup, K&N East, NASCAR Camping World Trucks and NASCAR Nationwide Series, Coleman has spotted for a variety of drivers including Scott Riggs, Carl Long and Mikey Kile. In 1994 and 1995 he became race director at South Boston Speedway. Richard began spotting for Alex Bowman in 2010 and came to Cunningham Motorsports with Alex in 2012.
Mike Ross – K&N Team
Through an internship at University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), Mike began working in the ARCA Racing Series on the Darrell Basham team. Upon graduating with a degree in Automotive Technology and High Performance in December 2008, he worked with the Wayne Hixson team. In 2009, he was hired as a mechanic for Cunningham Motorsports. He made the move, with Cunningham Motorsports, in 2010 from Statham, Georgia to Mooresville, North Carolina. In 2013, Ross returns to the Cunningham organization after working for another ARCA Series team for two years.