TRG ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING IN 2010 Just in time for the Great American Race, TRG Motorsports announced a strategic alliance with Richard Childress Racing for its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup program. In this new...
TRG ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING IN 2010
Just in time for the Great American Race, TRG Motorsports announced a strategic alliance with Richard Childress Racing for its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup program.
In this new agreement, RCR will provide cars, chassis repairs and testing resources for TRG's Sprint Cup Series operations. And since every second counts on the track, TRG will team with Stewart-Haas Racing for Pit Crew support to coordinate faster pit stops.
"All of these new partnerships are really a great thing for us as an organization," Team Owner Kevin Buckler said. "As a one-car team, our resources have been limited in the past. This is really the best of both worlds for us to work with strong, successful organizations like RCR and Stewart-Haas."
After its first full year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, TRG Motorsports begins 2010 with an undeniable passion and desire to succeed in racing's highest level of competition in the No. 71 Chevrolet Impala. With Championship-winning driver Bobby Labonte, Crew Chief Doug Randolph, a new executive team led by Torrey Galida and Grand-American Championship-winning Driver/Owner Kevin Buckler, the organization will build on its winning history for a successful future and is poised as a serious competitor.
"The new season brings a lot of great opportunities for us and I'm ready to hit the track in Daytona and get things going," Labonte said. "As a driver, you're always ready to get back to racing. I know the guys at the shop have been working hard in the off season and I'm looking forward to having Doug Randolph calling the shots for me again. I know we will be well-prepared when we show up at Daytona."
Randolph, a veteran crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, previously shared success with Labonte at Petty Enterprises. "It's great going into a new season with a new organization because there's a lot of work to be done, but also a lot of anticipation," Randolph said. "In this case, we're doing all of the hard work any team does in the off season, but I feel like we've got an advantage since Bobby and I worked so well together in the past."
Despite being a one-car operation in a sport filled with multi-car teams, TRG Motorsports brings a new business plan and organizational outlook, positioning itself to successfully go toe-to-toe with the powerhouses of NASCAR. With a solid strategic alliance with Richard Childress Racing and engine program through Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technologies, TRG will begin its second year of Cup competition with a strong stable of Chevrolet Impalas and a vision to succeed.
Buckler, who brings years of winning some of the most coveted trophies in professional sports car racing, has high hopes for the coming season. "I don't remember the last time I was this pumped to begin a race season," Buckler said. "Our multiple partners and ‘new paradigm' approach to our Sprint Cup operation will be very strong assets as the year unfolds. We had a good run in 2009 and we learned a lot, and that has put us into a fantastic position in 2010 to come in as a smaller, more efficient organization that's filled with great talent, tons of potential and determination and really make an impact on the track."
Sponsor TaxSlayer.com makes its return to NASCAR with TRG as the primary sponsor for a portion of the 2010 season. TaxSlayer.com made its debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last year at Watkins Glen International Raceway and served as the primary sponsor of the No. 71 a total of six times in 2009. Race fans will see TaxSlayer.com's colors at the Daytona 500, California, Las Vegas, Bristol, Talladega, Darlington, the Sprint All-Star race, Charlotte, Pocono, Michigan, Atlanta, Martinsville and Texas.
"I'm full of optimism as we enter the 2010 season knowing that we've got a Championship-caliber driver, a team with the skill set and equipment to go to Victory Lane and sponsors like TaxSlayer.com," Buckler said. "We have come an incredibly long way in a very short time. I think that speaks volumes for the potential that we have as an organization, and shows we're doing the right thing."