New eyes in the sky: Ryan Blaney to have new spotter in Cup title defense

Ryan Blaney smiles atop the Empire State Building with the New York City skyline behind him.
Alejandro Alvarez

NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney will have a new spotter in the stand in 2024.

Josh Williams, Blaney’s longtime spotter, announced Monday via X that he is departing the No. 12 Team Penske group ahead of the new campaign. Tim Fedewa will take over the headset for Blaney beginning next season, a Team Penske spokesperson confirmed Monday night.

Williams has served as Blaney’s eyes in the spotters’ stand since 2015, when Blaney made 16 Cup starts for Wood Brothers Racing. In addition to this year’s Cup title, the Williams-Blaney duo collected 10 wins together as well as a $1 million payday in the exhibition 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race.

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“It’s been a fun ride for the past 9 years together, from all the race wins to the championship,” Blaney said in a post on X. “No better way to go out together than on top! You’re one of the very best brother. Cheers.”

Williams’ future plans have not yet been announced.

Fedewa spent the last 10 seasons spotting for 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, guiding “The Closer” around the track during his entire tenure at Stewart-Haas Racing. Together, Fedewa and Harvick won 37 Cup races. A Michigan native, Fedewa made 333 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts as a driver, collecting four victories, 25 top fives and 66 top 10s behind the wheel.

Blaney is one of six drivers scheduled to partake in a two-day test at Phoenix Raceway beginning Tuesday ahead of the 2024 season.