JTG Daugherty forms Chevrolet-based alliance
November 25, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Already with a new driver in the fold for 2014, JTG Daugherty Racing team officials have a new alliance in place for next year as well.
Team officials announced Monday a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing that includes receiving Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines and engineering services for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- ECR engines are built for Chevrolets.
AJ Allmendinger, who drove seven races in the team's No. 47 Toyota in 2013, will man the car full time next year.
"We certainly appreciate all the support that (Toyota Racing Development) has provided to JTG Daugherty Racing for five years and we are great fans of their business model,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said in the release. "As a single-car team, we feel that aligning directly with a successful multicar organization like Richard Childress Racing is what will work best for us in 2014."
JTG Daugherty began as a satellite operation to Michael Waltrip Racing, even competing out of the MWR shop until the team decided to split off into its own entity beginning with the 2012 campaign. After a minor improvement to 23rd in points that first season as a standalone organization, the team slid backward in the standings the past two years.
Bobby Labonte was the full-time driver from 2011 through this season. The veteran and former Sprint Cup Series champion had one top-five during that time, a fourth-place run in the 2011 Daytona 500.
Earlier in 2013, JTG Daugherty Racing announced a plan to put Allmendinger in the seat of the 47 for five races, a number that swelled to nine after Labonte broke his ribs in a bicycle accident.
Allmendinger performed well enough to earn the company's full-time ride in 2014. The team's best finish this year was Allmendinger's 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen.
"With our RCR alliance and AJ behind the wheel, we are looking forward to a fresh start in 2014," Geschickter said.