On Friday, Stewart-Haas made official what had already been previously reported by several news outlets — Tony Gibson would be moving from SHR’s No. 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team (driver: Ryan Newman) to be crew chief for SHR’s No. 10 team (driver: Danica Patrick). Patrick will race the No. 10 full-time next year, and the No. 10 will be fielded by Stewart-Haas instead of Tommy Baldwin Racing, as it is in Patrick’s part-time 2012 efforts.
Previous speculation originally had the crew chief move taking place to start the 2013 season, but according to the announcement from SHR on Friday, Gibson will move to the No. 10 team a little earlier, climbing atop the pit box to call the shots for Patrick and the No. 10 in the final two races of the season at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
“Tony Gibson has been with Stewart-Haas Racing from the beginning and knows what it takes to build a team,” Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli said. “His experience will be crucial to developing the No. 10 team and Danica, and the rapport he already has with Matt Borland and Steve Addington will make the communication between all three of our teams seamless.”
Gibson’s final race with the No. 39 team comes Sunday at Kansas Speedway. His replacement on the No. 39 team will be SHR Vice President of Competition, Borland.
The pairing of Borland and Newman is a reunion for crew chief and driver. Borland was Newman’s crew chief on the No. 12 team at Penske Racing from 2002 until 2006. They earned 12 wins together during that time.
“Matt Borland has had great success as a crew chief, and much of it came when he and Ryan Newman worked together,” Zipadelli said. “Matt and Ryan both have engineering backgrounds and they have similar mindsets. It’s a pairing that produced some very good results and there’s no reason why it can’t produce similar results now that they’re back together. Their four races together this year will position them very well for 2013.”
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