On Tuesday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced personnel changes to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program that included replacing Steve Addington with Chad Johnston atop the No. 14 pit box of Tony Stewart for the 2014 season.
“Our greatest asset at Stewart-Haas Racing is our people,” team co-owner and driver Stewart said. “Obviously, there is a lot of change happening for 2014 as we grow to four teams and bring in Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, but with our new management structure and crew chiefs we have in place, we’re well-positioned to handle whatever challenges come our way.”
Johnston was most recently crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 56 team at Michael Waltrip Racing, but at the end of the 2013 season, MWR shut down that team and Truex moved on to the No. 78 of Furniture Row Racing.
Daniel Knost was promoted to crew chief for the new Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 team for Busch, who moves to SHR from Furniture Row Racing. Knost was previously a team engineer on Stewart-Haas’ No. 39 team. He has been with SHR for six years.
The No. 39 team has been re-numbered to 4, and Rodney Childers will be the crew chief for that team and new SHR arrival, Harvick. Like Johnston, Childers also came to Stewart-Haas for Michael Waltrip Racing, where he worked with the No. 55 team and its drivers, Brian Vickers, Mark Martin and Michael Waltrip.
Tony Gibson remains as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team.
Meanwhile, Greg Zipadelli has taken on the role of Vice President of Competition and Matt Borland is the new Vice President of Engineering. Borland was formerly the crew chief on the No. 39 team.
“Collectively, we have the experience and wherewithal necessary for each of our teams to perform at the highest level possible,” Stewart said.
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