Paul Wolfe once chased his dream of being a championship driver. He worked to land a ride in one of NASCAR's premier series, then changed his direction.
It certainly paid off.
After all, the 35-year-old has reached the ultimate peak in his career. This week, he's hoisting a different trophy than the one he initially eyed, but one equally coveted by competitors throughout the sport -- that of NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief.
In many ways, it seems like the success came overnight.
In reality, though, it was a long road to the title he just won with driver Brad Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske.
Wolfe, a native of Milford, NY, concedes it has been a rather lengthy, and unusual, path.
"It's been a long road and a lot of hard work," he said. "Just continuing to try to put myself around good people and learn the sport. I feel like I've been able to do that. It's put me in with a great company in Penske Racing and a great driver with Brad."
It started, though, with Wolfe ...