JTG Daugherty Racing won’t just enter 2014 with a new full-time driver, A.J. Allmendinger, behind the wheel of its No. 47 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; it looks as if the team will be changing manufacturers, shifting from Toyota to Chevrolet. On Monday, JTG Daugherty announced a technical alliance with Chevrolet team, Richard Childress Racing. Through the agreement the No. 47 will be powered by Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines, which produces Chevrolet power plants.
“As a single-car team, we feel that aligning directly with a successful multi-car organization like Richard Childress Racing is what will work best for us in 2014,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said.
Also, in a press release on Monday, announcing the alliance, Geschickter seemed to be saying goodbye to Toyota.
“We certainly appreciate all the support that TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has provided to JTG Daugherty Racing for five years, and we are great fans of their business model,” Geschickter said in the release.
When the organization made the move to Sprint Cup racing, it formed an alliance with Toyota organization, Michael Waltrip Racing, that lasted until 2012. JTG Daugherty has struggled since dissolving the alliance.
Allmendinger joined the team on a part-time basis late in the 2013 season. He was originally scheduled to drive the No. 47 in five races, but his schedule was increased when previous driver Bobby Labonte suffered an injury in a bicycling accident.