Daytona 500 Honorary Pit Crew Members


Jeffrey M. Hathaway and Larry A. Evanto II

Jeffrey M. Hathaway

CORNELIUS, N.C. – AJ’s is the largest AutoCare Customer in the Florida Division purchasing through the Tampa Distribution Center. Jeff just opened his fourth AutoCare location in Fort Myers, Florida. He is also an Integrated Business Solutions customer. He participates in every NAPA program and completely embraces the AutoCare program.

How has this experience been? It’s been awesome meeting everybody especially Martin Truex Jr. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Most important thing you got to do? It’s been fun to talk to all the crew members. It was a lot of fun.

Biggest thing that surprised you in your discussions with the team? That is a great question. I would say the technical side of it when talking to the engineers.

What did you think about your name being on the car? That is awesome. I didn’t know where it was going to be on the car. It was cool to actually see it.

How has NAPA helped your business succeed? The national recognition of the NAPA brand and what it brings. Instantly when people come into our stores, they associate us with something bigger. Our customers appreciate that.

Larry A. Evanto II

CORNELIUS, N.C. – Larry is the General Manager of the Bridgestone-Firestone Store in Daytona Beach, FL. He is directly responsible for a large nine bay facility and works hand in hand with the Daytona NAPA AUTO PARTS store providing customers with quality repairs and quality NAPA parts. He has been a NAPA customer for many years.

Have you been to a NASCAR race before? I have, but I have not been out here on pit road before. I have been on the back side of the fence, not on the front like this.

Now that you are on the front side, what do you think? It is amazing. It makes you feel a lot closer to the sport. You are up close and personal.

What did you think when you saw the name on the car? It is unbelievable to see all these great sponsors on Martin’s car – especially NAPA obviously. To have my name associated with them is unreal. It is something that I will remember forever.

Why are you using NAPA AUTO PARTS? Because of the quality of the parts and the convenience of delivery. With great management like this you really can’t go wrong. They help me produce better for my customers.