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Steve Letarte

Athlete from United States of America

Steve Letarte Steve Letarte (born May 14, 1979) is an American NASCAR crew chief. Born in Cornish, Maine, he is currently employed at Hendrick Motorsports as the crew chief for the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. He first began as crew chief for Jeff Gordon when he took over the job of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet from Robbie Loomis in September 2005. Letarte began working for Hendrick Motorsports part time in 1995. In 1996, at the age of 16, he joined the group full-time. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as a tire specialist for the #24 team. He then became a mechanic and finally car chief in 2002. Letarte was promoted from car chief to crew chief after the #24 DuPont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon missed the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. He was promoted after 26 of the 36 races in the 2005 season. In Letarte's sixth race as crew chief with Gordon, he visited victory lane for the first time in October 2005, winning the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, in Martinsville, Virginia. Gordon improved with three top-five finishes in the last five races of the 2005 season. Entering the 2006 season, Hendrick Motorsports made wholesale changes to the #24 team.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1979-05-14
Place of birth
Portland
Nationality
United States of America

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