Behind the Scenes with Neville Agass, Crew Chief of the No. 8 Team Remington Cadillac
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Neville Agass with Andy Pilgrim
Behind the Scenes with Neville Agass
By-Sahar Hassani

It takes a lot of hard work and talent to be a successful crew chief. This article spotlights one of today's top crew chiefs in the SPEED World Challenge Series, Neville Agass, crew chief for Andy Pilgrim and the No. 8 Team Remington Cadillac. Agass' technical and leadership skills were instrumental in helping Pilgrim win the 2005 GT drivers championship and Cadillac scoring two manufacturer's crowns in 2005 and 2007. "The qualities that make Neville a great crew chief apart from his obvious talent," explains Pilgrim, "comes down to staying focused and working hard. Neville manages to keep his energy level up all the time and seems to be able to look at the car every day like it's the first time he's worked on it. This allows him to catch the little things that can cost you big like worn hoses or loose nuts." A stickler for details, Neville continually pushes the younger crew to new levels with a great sense of humor.

Influenced by his father and grandfather, Neville's passion for racing began as a young child in New Zealand. By the age of thirteen, Agass was crewing for his father's friend and soon found himself behind the wheel three years later. "By the time I was 19, I figured out that I couldn't afford to race the way I wanted to," says Neville, "so I started helping a friend who was racing two motorcycles and needed a hand at the track. The bikes were a TZ250 and a TZ350 Yamahas; they were two stroke, very fast but very unreliable and a lot of work to keep running. As an apprentice motor mechanic, I had a basic grounding, but working on those bikes taught me a lot about race preparation."

Part of his job included testing the bikes on track. Impressed with his riding skills, his team owner quickly offered him a ride in one of his bikes. Neville began racing competitively with a Honda 750, but switched to the more powerful Kawasaki 900 Z1. "Over the next 11 years, I went from un-sponsored through sponsored and eventually a factory ride with Suzuki. I won a variety of state and national championships in both circuit/road racing and drag racing all on stock and modified big bore bikes," he says. "I decided to give up motorcycle racing after getting hurt once too often, but I was immediately offered a sponsored drive in a modified production car." For the next sixteen years, Neville raced in various racing series.
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