For the past 30 years, NAPA AUTO PARTS Honorary Pit Crew Member at Michigan International Speedway, Dean Jon Morse, has accumulated an extensive amount of experience working in the auto industry. Currently, Morse is a general manager of a Kozak’s Mr. Muffler auto shop in Detroit, Michigan. His relationship with NAPA AUTO PARTS started 10 years ago as a loyal customer. Now, his store joined the NAPA AUTO PARTS family and Morse is looking towards further development within the company. When Morse has time away from his daily work duties, he watches his son race in the USAC Midget Racing Series at Waterford Speedbowl, Connecticut.
Sunday, Morse was thrilled to be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Chase Elliott and the NAPA Racing team. Morse, a longtime racing fan, began his day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the NAPA hauler before heading over to Elliott’s coach for a private meet and greet where Morse spent quality time with the young driver. The group chatted with Elliott about the upcoming race and Elliott’s season thus far while also taking time to pose for a photograph together. After spending time with the young phenom, Morse then headed to pit road for pre-race festivities. He was able to climb atop the NAPA pit box in the Irish Hills alongside NAPA crew chief Alan Gustafson and the Hendrick Motorsports engineers. The excitement only continued as Morse observed Elliott race his way to the driver’s career-best finish, a second-place result.
How did you like your experience today and what was your favorite part?
“What an awesome experience today was! I can't believe everything we got to do and see. I learned a ton about racing and had a great time. I enjoyed being able to see all of the drivers in the driver/crew chief meeting, and even got a picture with Chase, Dale Jr and Danica Patrick in it. Also, getting to meet Chase and Bill Elliott was an unforgettable experience.”