A Win and a Close Shave

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Monday, July 31 2006 Jul 31, 2006 Monday, July 31, 2006 7:22:01 AM CDT July 31, 2006 in Sports

He is Edwards' motor home driver which means he criss-crosses the country so Edwards has a place to stay at the races. But Giacchi, a Columbia native, is also a bit of a gambler who staked his appearance on Edwards' success.

"Hey Tom, I bet you won't let that thing grow until we win our next cup race. It's been 8 months now," Edwards said about Giacchi's beard.

"That didn't happen," Giacchi replied. "It's 5 inches long. Everybody asks me if it itches. It doesn't really itch."

Giacchi is trying to do his part to scratch out a win. During the race he works in the pits and he also realizes you can get close at more things than a shave.

"He laughs about it. 2nd places and 3rds are no fun," he said.

"It is a daily reminder. The funny thing is a lot of people have well kept beards. Tom's just keeps getting bigger," noted Edwards.

As kids Giacchi lived three houses away from Edwards, now his house is on wheels and he's driven more than 67,000 miles since the job started last year.

"I told Carl I have one more year and I'm probably done," he said.

"He's learning about negotiations in this business and he's saying he doesn't want to do this anymore because he wants more money," explained Edwards.

The beard isn't great for his social life and he's spending a lot of time with tires.

"Anybody need a date in Columbia, I'm here for the next few days. No, girls kind of shy away from me now," he said.

"Any ladies out there who like bearded guys? He needs a date," Edwards said.

Giacchi thinks the best chance for a win is at Michigan, but if it doesn't happen this year he'll keep it growing.

"We'll see. It will be winter then and it will at least fit in. Right now it gets a lot of stares," he added.

When Edwards does win a race, Giacchi is going to use Edwards' sponsor, a Gillette Fusion Razor to shave on national T.V.

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