Drivers seeking new rides
When the music stops, Cup drivers hope to have a ride for 2014.
NASCAR’s Silly Season is seeing some of its big-name drivers moving to new rides or scrambling to find a job in Sprint Cup next year.
A surprising move by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing is placing 21-year-old Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Target-sponsored car.
Larson, who is of Japanese decent, has ventured up to the Nationwide Series by way of sprint and modified dirt track racing.
Car owner Chip Ganassi figures his background will suit him will in the Sprint Cup series.
Larson is eighth in Nationwide series points running for Turner Scott Motorsports, with six top-five finishes and looking for his first win.
Ganassi wants to get him some seat-time in a Cup car this year with 10 races remaining on the schedule.
Ryan Newman has landed at Richard Childress Racing, taking over the No. 31 currently driven by Jeff Burton.
Burton and Childerss announced earlier last week the two will not be together in 2014.
Burton has not yet announced his plans for next year.
Juan Pablo Montoya may take over driving duties at Furniture Row Racing, where Kurt Busch earned a spot in the Chase for the Championship.
Montoya has been talking with Michael Andretti about a possible job in IndyCar in 2014.
AJ Allmendinger has agreed to a three-year deal to drive full-time in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Cup car in 2014.
Team owner Tad Geschickter has offered Bobby Labonte a position within the company. Labonte has not made a decision about next year.
The paperwork hasn’t cleared yet but Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose both expect to be with Richard Petty Motorsports next season.
During a season where drivers are changing seats at rapid-fire pace, both RPM pilots emphasized the importance for the team to establish some continuity from season-to-season.
Changes on top of pit boxes have been made earlier than expected.
Michael Waltrip Racing has fired Rodney Childers as the crew chief for the No. 55 car driven by Brian Vickers.
Scott Miller, MWR executive vice president of competition, has taken over as Vickers’ crew chief.
It is suspected that Childers will join Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team at Stewart Haas Racing in 2014.
Part of the decision to relinquish Childers of his duties was due to development of Toyota’s new car expected to be debuted in 2014.
SHR is currently fielding cars with the Chevrolet brand.
Until all of the deals are made, there’s still time to do lobbying for rides and crew chief spots in Sprint, Nationwide, Craftsman series.
Nothing like a game of musical cars.
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