Sprint Cup team preview: JTG Daugherty Racing
January 26, 2014, Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
-- This could be a breakout year for the single-car team, which made significant changes during the offseason and brings a new driver -- AJ Allmendinger -- on board.
2014 Driver Lineup
AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Chevrolet
The team essentially got a full makeover for the 2014 season, from hiring Allmendinger, to switching from Toyota to Chevrolet, to forming a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. This will be the first full-time Cup job for Allmendinger since 2012, as he replaces 2000 Cup champ Bobby Labonte, who drove for the team since 2011 with a best showing of fourth place in the 2011 Daytona 500. Allmendinger earned the new position after a solid nine races for the team late last year, highlighted by a 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen, N.Y. -- the team's only top-10 of the year.
Allmendinger thinks his situation is a perfect storm of opportunity. He's grateful and eager to be back full-time in Sprint Cup, and the team hopes he will lead the organization to the next level of competition and contend for race wins. The technical alliance at RCR, which includes engines and engineering support from Earnhardt-Childress Racing, was a huge show of financial commitment and competitive intention for Allmendinger, who says now it's time to do his part. The question is how long will it take to see the results.