Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hendrick Shuffles Crewchief Deck; Letarte to Earnhardt's #88 in 2011

Hendrick Motorsports has made personnel adjustments in advance of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teaming with new crew chiefs.

Mark Martin will now be teamed with former Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crewchief Lance McGrew, while Martin's former crewchief, Alan Gustafson, will now work with Jeff Gordon on the #24 Chevrolet. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will be paired with Gordon's 2010 crewchief, Steve Letarte, while the championship-winning combination of Jimmie Johnson and crewchief Chad Knaus will remain intact.

The cars of Martin and four-time Sprint Cup champion Gordon will have their cars fielded out of the same facility, now known as the 5/24 shop. Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolets will be prepared out of the renamed 48/88 shop alongside those of five-time and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

"This will improve us as an organization, across the board," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "We had a championship season (in 2010), but we weren't where we wanted and needed to be with all four teams. We've made the right adjustments, and I'm excited to go racing with this lineup."

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