Less than 24 hours after Richard Childress announced that Drew Blickenserfer had been relieved of crew chief duties with Jeff Burton and the No. 31 RCR NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team on Monday, an announcement from Richard Petty Motorsports on Tuesday morning revealed Blickensderfer’s new job as crew chief for Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 team there, replacing Mike Ford.
“We have had success this season, and now we’re just looking for more consistency as we prepare for next season,” Ambrose said. “Drew brings a strong resume to our team and can help us find the results that we want each week. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Blickensderfer was in his first year with Childress. He made the move to RCR during the offseason after several years at Roush Fenway Racing. In 33 races with Burton and the No. 31 team, Blickensderfer led the team to two top-fives and six top-10 finishes. Blickensderfer leaves that team with Burton 19th in the points standings.
Blickensderfer did experience success, though, during his time with RFR. While with the Roush Fenway organization, Blickensderfer called the shots for several race wins — including a Daytona 500 victory — working with drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth.
“Drew has a lot of experience with Ford Racing and also how our current operation works,” team owner Richard Petty said. “His knowledge can immediately improve the performance of the No. 9 race team. Marcos has proved to win races and compete in the top-five. The addition of Drew will, hopefully, provide those results on a more consistent basis.”
Blickensderfer was a part of the Ford Racing family when he was with Roush Fenway Racing. Richard Childress Racing is a Chevrolet organization.
Blickensderfer’s replacement at RCR for the remaining three races this season will be Shane Wilson, with Luke Lambert taking over in 2013.
Ford joined RPM at the start of the 2012 season to work as crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team, he was moved to Petty’s No. 9 team seven races ago.
– Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR
– Follow Stock Car Spin on Twitter @SCSblog or like Stock Car Spin on Facebook
– Amanda’s also on Twitter @NASCARexaminer and has a fan/like page on Facebook: NASCAR Examiner