CHIP GANASSI RACING
WITH FELIX SABATES
With Juan Pablo Montoya headed to
IndyCar, his seat in the No. 42 Chevy will
be filled by Kyle Larson who, along with
Dillon, is a top contender for the rookie
title. Chris Heroy continues as crew chief.
Jamie McMurray stays with the No. 1,
but paired with a newcomer to the team,
crew chief Keith Rodden, who was Kasey
Kahne’s engineer at Hendrick Motorsports.
FURNITURE ROW RACING
After a breakout season with Kurt Busch
that saw the Denver-based team in the
Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time,
Martin Truex Jr. moves to the No. 78
Furniture Row Racing SS for 2014. Truex
had an excellent 2013, winning on the
road course at Sonoma, Calif., and posting
seven top-five and 15 top- 10 finishes.
TOMMY BALDWIN RACING
Michael Annett (RIGHT) moves up to
Sprint Cup and will contend for rookie
honors, with team owner Baldwin staying
on as crew chief of the No. 7 Chevy SS.
The up-and coming Germain Racing team
and driver Casey Mears join the Bowtie
Brigade, where they will have a technical
alliance with Richard Childress Racing.
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
Like Germain, JTG will switch to
Chevrolet and also share data with RCR.
AJ Allmendinger will drive for the team.
Founder James Finch sold this team last
year to Harry Scott, although the name,
for now, is unchanged. Steve Addington,
who was crew chief for Tony Stewart in
2012-’ 13, will take over those duties
with the No. 51, which is expected to be
driven by Justin Allgaier.
Last, but certainly not least, the 11-time
NASCAR Sprint Cup championship team
returns all four drivers (Jimmie Johnson,
Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and
Kasey Kahne) and their crew chiefs intact.
As always, there will be internal
movements of crew members, engineers
and shop workers, but the hearts of the
four Hendrick teams remain intact.
(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Harvick heads to Stewart-Haas seeking his first Cup title;
Newman heads in the other direction to join Richard Childress Racing; RCR’s
big surprise is the return of the No. 3 for rookie Dillon; Kurt Busch heads from
Furniture Row to SHR; rookie Larson replaces Montoya at Chip Ganassi Racing.
CHEVY’S FORMIDABLE FORCE