As many had expected, Richard Childress Racing and Cingular Wireless announced that veteran driver Jeff Burton will assume driving duties of the No. 31 Chevy at the start of the 2005 season. Burton moves from the No. 30 RCR car and replaces Robby Gordon.
To start his NASCAR Cup career, Burton grabbed Rookie of the Year honors in 1994, and has since scored 17 victories, two poles and 91 top-five finishes. Burton also has 20 Busch series wins and 63 top-five results in that series.
"In the short time I have driven for Richard (Childress), it has already been proven that we can be successful," Burton said. "I've had a tremendous amount of fun and I am looking forward to greater things. It is my intention to get RCR and Cingular Wireless in position to contend for a championship."
Cingular has renewed as a key sponsor with RCR through the 2007 season; the wireless company has sponsored the No. 31 Chevy since 2002.
"We're excited to have Jeff Burton joining us and proud to announce we are extending our commitment to RCR and the sport of NASCAR," said Daryl Evans, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing Communications for Cingular Wireless.
"For Cingular, NASCAR has been magnificent," Evans continued. "We are able to connect with the most loyal sports fans in the world."
It is expected that current crew chief, Kevin Hamlin, will follow Burton to the No. 31 team. An announcement of who will replace Burton in the No. 30 Chevy is expected in the upcoming weeks.