Ernie Cope to crew chief for Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott | 709
(December 3, 2014 8:14 PM EST)
JR Motorsports announced today the additions of Dave Elenz and Jason Burdett to its 2015 crew chief lineup.
The two newcomers join veteran Ernie Cope to complete the crew chief roster that JR Motorsports will take into the new NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Elenz will serve as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s, Kevin Harvick’s, and Kasey Kahne’s crew chief on the multi-driver No. 88 team (formerly the No. 5/88 team). Burdett will serve as Regan Smith’s crew chief on the No. 7 Taxslayer.com team, allowing Ryan Pemberton to return to his original post as the company’s director of competition. Both Elenz and Burdett come to JR Motorsports by way of Hendrick Motorsports. Cope begins his second season at JR Motorsports but will transition to the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team and spearhead Chase Elliott’s defense of his 2014 XFINITY Series championship.-JR Motorsport
Regan Smith's 2015 crew chief announced
Regan Smith | 707
(December 3, 2014 8:13 PM EST)
JR Motorsports announced today the additions of Dave Elenz and Jason Burdett to its 2015 crew chief lineup.
The two newcomers join veteran Ernie Cope to complete the crew chief roster that JR Motorsports will take into the new NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Elenz will serve as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s, Kevin Harvick’s, and Kasey Kahne’s crew chief on the multi-driver No. 88 team (formerly the No. 5/88 team). Burdett will serve as Regan Smith’s crew chief on the No. 7 Taxslayer.com team, allowing Ryan Pemberton to return to his original post as the company’s director of competition. Both Elenz and Burdett come to JR Motorsports by way of Hendrick Motorsports. Cope begins his second season at JR Motorsports but will transition to the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS team and spearhead Chase Elliott’s defense of his 2014 XFINITY Series championship.-JR Motorsport
New crew chief for Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. | 78
(December 3, 2014 4:03 PM EST)
Furniture Row Racing announced today that Cole Pearn has been promoted from lead race engineer to crew chief of the No. 78 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Pearn, 32, replaces Todd Berrier, who has been offered a key position to remain at Furniture Row Racing. Pearn initially joined Furniture Row Racing from Richard Childress Racing at the start of the 2010 season. He led Furniture Row’s race-engineering staff through mid-year of 2011. He returned to the Denver-based team as the lead race engineer in the middle of 2012.-Furniture Row Racing
Carl Edwards to run tire test with new team
Carl Edwards | 19
(December 3, 2014 3:49 PM EST)
Goodyear officials have schedule a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate.
Slated to take part in the test are drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford) and Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota). One of three Chevrolet entries from Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard or Ryan Newman) will participate as well. It will be the first official on-track effort for Edwards since the 35-year-old departed Roush Fenway Racing to join JGR. He will be working with a yet to be officially announced new crew chief.-NASCAR.com
Dale Jr. in Charlotte tire test on Dec. 9-10
Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 88
(December 3, 2014 3:40 PM EST)
Goodyear officials have schedule a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate.
Slated to take part in the test are drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford) and Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota). One of three Chevrolet entries from Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard or Ryan Newman) will participate as well. Earnhardt Jr. will be paired with new crew chief Greg Ives, who helped guide JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott to the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, as he moved over to the No. 88 entry to replace Steve Letarte. Ives worked briefly with Earnhardt during a late-October Sprint Cup test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.-NASCAR.com
Hornish to test at Charlotte on Dec. 9-10
Sam Hornish Jr. | 9
(December 3, 2014 3:34 PM EST)
Goodyear officials have schedule a tire test for Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10 at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, with representatives from each of the three auto manufacturers scheduled to participate.
Slated to take part in the test are drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 Ford) and Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota). One of three entries from Richard Childress Racing (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard or Ryan Newman) will participate as well although RCR officials declined to confirm which Chevrolet team would be involved.-NASCAR.com
Josh Wise will return to No. 98 team
Josh Wise | 98
(December 2, 2014 12:08 PM EST)
After competing in 35 Sprint Cup races for Phil Parsons Racing in 2014, Josh Wise will return to the driver's seat for the team in 2015.
Wise talked about how he wants to continue driving for the single-car operation. "This is where I plan to be," he said. "I think that [co-owner] Phil [Parsons], myself, we all came into this this year knowing that we wanted to work hard and build this thing from the ground up." Parsons hopes 2015 can attract more sponsorship, but said the off-season will be a busy time. "We'll be in a building mode," he said. "People don't realize you don't have quite the travel that you have during the season, obviously, but you work just as hard-probably more hours during the off-season, building new cars, repairing cars, putting new bodies on cars, things like that."(The Racing Experts)-jayski.com
Dumoulin awarded 2nd Gilles-Villeneuve trophy
L.P. Dumoulin | C47
(November 29, 2014 2:31 PM EST)
On September 20th, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was consecrated the 2014 champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Since then, he has been giving a series of interviews and participating in various trial sessions throughout North America. Back in Quebec for a short amount of time, it is with great honor that the driver of the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada / Bellemare Group has received today the Gilles-Villeneuve trophy. Annually awarded by Auto Sport Quebec since 1982, this trophy symbolizes the fighting spirit and on-track excellence of a Quebec-native driver throughout the season that most recently ended. This is the first time that a driver receives this award twice in his career (2001 and 2014).
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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
New crew chief for Scott in XFINITY Series
Brian Scott | 702
(November 25, 2014 7:29 PM EST)
Richard Childress Racing has hired Mike Hillman, Jr. to crew chief their No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team with driver Brian Scott in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Hillman, Jr, 36, comes to RCR with 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories and two series championships. Through 235 NCWTS starts he has also earned 93 top-five and 132 top-10 finishes, including 17 pole awards. This will be Scott's third year with RCR in the XFINITY Series. During that time, the 26-year-old driver has earned four pole awards, nine top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. He's coming off his best season with a final driver points standing of fourth place.-Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon to run most XFINITY races
Austin Dillon | 3
(November 25, 2014 12:45 PM EST)
Two-time NASCAR Champion Austin Dillon will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Rheem Manufacturing Company as primary sponsor on Richard Childress Racing's No. 33 Chevrolet for a majority of the 2015 season.
Dillon, the 2013 XFINITY (Nationwide) Series Champion, will drive the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet under the RCR banner during the 2015 season while maintaining a full schedule in RCR's No. 3 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is a two-time XFINITY Series race winner, 10-time pole winner and holds the record for most consecutive poles in series history.-Richard Childress Racing

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