AREA OF EXPERTISE:
Crew chief, main driver, a reluctant back-up navigator, tall person for lifting equipment on/off car roof.
EXPERIENCE IN # OF MILES COVERED WITH TJB:
I started acting as support for Joe before the creation of TJB, attending race meets and sportives all over the North and South of Ireland. Race mileage would have to be in the tens of thousands not including travel by road or air.
ENDURANCE RACING WITH TJB HAS TAUGHT ME:
The human body is a remarkable piece of engineering which has astonishing capabilities. Assume nothing, expect anything, trust your instincts and learn how to ‘wing it’. Never forget you have been part of an amazing experience.
MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT SO FAR:
RAAM (Race Across America) 2012 - 17th June. I was instrumental in coming to the decision that Joe required medical assistance as we crested Wolf Creak Pass. He subsequently withdrew from RAAM and spent the night at the Rio Grande Hospital.
BEST MOMENT SO FAR:
There have been so many highlights over the years but completing RAAM 2014 has to be up there as one of the best. We conquered the challenge that Joe had been striving to achieve. I am so proud to have played my part.
SIGNATURE PHRASE WHEN RACING:
“Don't forget, this was your idea!!!!”
“How far is to the top?”
TWO WORDS TO DESCRIBE MY EXPERIENCE IN TEAM JOE BARR:
Joe's life behind bars is mirrored by Alan's life behind the wheel. When it comes to advanced driving Alan has completed everything there is to complete. Alan brings a wealth of experience to both day and night driving, a comprehensive set of skills that cannot be underestimated in the world of endurance.
Keeping Joe and the team safe on the road is only one of Alan's responsibilities as Crew Chief. He manages, amongst other things:
Personnel administration (have you ever tried to move 8 people + gear through airports with all the correct paperwork?)
Race rules and regulations
Race logistics plus service and secondary car set-up
Rider and crew management
Alan has been Joe's right hand man for well over 8 years and is one of the most experienced Crew Chiefs in the country.