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The Story of Ron Malec: Car Chief for Championship Team No. 48

When it comes down to a championship team, most people focus on the driver. Then there are some who focus on the crew chief and car owner, yet how many care to look at the car chief? Meet Franklin, Wisconsin native Ron Malec, car chief for the five-time consecutive championship No. 48 team, driven by Jimmie Johnson. Malec has worked with Johnson the longest amongst anybody on the team. While some have joined recently and others been with Johnson since the formation of the group in 2002, Malec goes further back than that. The two met before Johnson even headed to NASCAR on Johnson’s off-road racing days on the SCORE circuit. Malec had a background in racing, as he grew up racing go-karts (including two championships), sportsman cars an...

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