Clint Bowyer will have a celebrity in his pit crew this Sunday at Pocono as Long Island native Tom Westman, the winner of Season 10 of CBS’ reality television series, “Survivor: Palau” suits up and is ready to take his place along pit road.
"I am a casual NASCAR fan," said Westman, who will be an honorary crew member. "And that's changing from my experience of just being out here during practice. The power, the speed, just doesn't translate on television. This is my first race, but it's not going to be my last."
Westman, a retired FDNY Lieutenant, now works for The Hartford which happens to sponsor Bowyer's No. 33 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Chevrolet.
“It’s a great time to be an employee of The Hartford, the company just celebrated its 200th anniversary,” said Westman. “I am thrilled to be here today with The Hartford cheering on our team and the finalists in The Hartford 200 program. I know what it is like to depend on votes to win, so I want to encourage fans to support these finalists.”
Westman, who has appeared twice on "Survivor" was asked how the NASCAR drivers would fair on the reality series. "I think it would be tough competing against any of these guy on Survivor," he said. "There is not a more competitive beast on the planet than these guys. Their attention to detail is incredible. They stay focused on the goal."
And what does he bring to pit road on Sunday?
"I think what I wil deliver to the pit crew is having the smarts to stay out of the way," he said. "I will step aside and the let The Hartford No. 33 team do their thing. I'll leave it to the professionals."
Photo courtesy, HHP/Harold Hinson