Garage Chatter: Indianapolis

SPEEDWAY, Indiana - McSwain and Rudd to reunite? Garage insiders say that Michael "Fatback" McSwain may be taking over crew chief duties on the No. 21 Woods Brothers Ford with driver Ricky Rudd. McSwain and Rudd worked together on the No. 28...

SPEEDWAY, Indiana - McSwain and Rudd to reunite? Garage insiders say that Michael "Fatback" McSwain may be taking over crew chief duties on the No. 21 Woods Brothers Ford with driver Ricky Rudd. McSwain and Rudd worked together on the No. 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford previous to both parties going their separate ways.

Speculation is the change could come as early as next week.

McMurray's contract renewed: Ganassi Racing announced earlier this week that they have extended Jamie McMurray's contract into the future. The exact terms of the contract were not disclosed.

McMurray was rumored to being courted by Joe Gibbs Racing to drive their third Cup ride in 2005, sponsored by Federal Express.

Dale Jr. to go this one alone: After exiting the No. 8 DEI Chevy the last two weeks, DEI announced today, that there are no plans for a stand-by driver for Earnhardt at the Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt has been recovering from burns sustained during a practice crash in an American Le Mans race in Sonoma several weeks ago.

Martin Truex, Jr. relieved Earnhardt at New Hampshire, and John Andretti took over the wheel at Pocono.

Busch series to go south of the border: NASCAR has announced the 2005 Busch series schedule, including two road course dates in Watkins Glen and Mexico City. The race schedule has also been bumped up to 35 events.

From press release: The event, set for March 6, will be the third race of the 35-race season and the first NASCAR Busch Series points event held outside the United States. It also will mark the return of road-course racing to the NASCAR Busch Series, as will an Aug. 13 event set for Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The NASCAR Busch Series previously had road- course races at Road Atlanta in 1986 and '87 and at Watkins Glen from 1991- 2001. The NASCAR Busch Series moves to California Speedway in the Los Angeles market on February 26, before heading to Mexico City on March 6, followed by momentum-building events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 12 and Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19. The 2005 schedule includes the addition of second dates at Phoenix International Raceway, which will run its races on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, Nov. 12; and Texas Motor Speedway, which will host its events Saturday, April 16 and Saturday, Nov. 5. The season will conclude, as it has since 1995, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19.

Changes coming for NetZero? Word continues to spread that a possible driver change is in store for the Haas/Carter No. 0 car driven by Ward Burton. HC is fielding a second car for Jason Leffler this weekend, and considering replacing Burton with Leffler for the long term sometime in the immediate future.

Team Gordon to expand: Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 31 RCR Chevy, is considering fielding a second Busch series team next season.

Gordon already serves as the primary driver for the Team Gordon No. 50 Chevy in that series.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Ward Burton , Jason Leffler , Robby Gordon , Jamie McMurray , Martin Truex Jr. , Robert Yates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing , Yates Racing