With one of the biggest, most prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races less than a week away with Sunday’s running of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a couple of teams have made crew chief changes on the heels of the event.
Furniture Row Racing announced Tuesday morning that Todd Berrier has joined that organization to replace Pete Rondeau as crew chief for No. 78 team and driver Regan Smith.
“Todd will be a great fit with our operation,” Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said. “The skill sets he has acquired during a successful crew chief career will be valuable assets as we move forward with a high level of energy and anticipation.”
Berrier leaves JTG Daugherty Racing, a team he joined at the conclusion of the 2011 season, to join the Furniture Row fold. Prior to his somewhat brief stint with the JTG Daugherty organization, Berrier worked as a crew chief for 11 years with drivers including Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Casey Mears at Richard Childress Racing. While with RCR, Berrier called the shots for eight trips to victory lane.
With Berrier’s recent departure from JTG Daugherty, that, of course, left a crew chief vacancy for the No. 47 team with driver Bobby Labonte. At nearly the same time as Furniture Row’s announcement of Berrier’s hiring, JTG Daugherty Racing released a statement of its own, announcing David Hyder as an interim crew chief for the No. 47 team.
According to the announcement, the organization has a permanent replacement in mind but isn’t yet ready to officially hire said permanent crew chief.
“We have our eye on the crew chief that we want for the long term, but couldn’t get it all done in time for the next few races,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said. “We would rather make the right decision for the long term.”
Until that time comes, Hyder’s the man. Until this point, Hyder has been a crew chief on JTG Daugherty’s NASCAR K&N Series East team.
Photo of Todd Berrier (left) with fellow-crew chief Steve Addington courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR
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