Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Labonte Confirms Move To Phoenix Racing At MIS

Bobby Labonte made it official late yesterday, confirming that he will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The agreement was reached after Labonte spoke with and received approval from both JTG/Daugherty Racing and Toyota Racing Development.

The deal is currently for just one race.
Labonte, who has 14 previous starts for the James Finch-owned team, said he is grateful for the opportunity to race with the team. "James has always been one of the first to reach out to offer help in a situation like this," said Labonte. "I enjoy racing with Nick Harrison, Steve Barkdoll and the entire group of guys. I'm looking forward to this weekend."
Labonte said he feels the move will help JTG/Daugherty Racing, and that he continues to be committed to helping the organization move forward.
"Racing for another team this weekend will help me understand the development of the new car and how it compares to my current ride," continued Labonte. "I'm not happy with our current performance level as a team and absolutely want to work hard to help our race team improve. My commitment continues to give the best efforts possible each weekend. That has never changed and this opportunity will hopefully make everyone, including myself, get a better understanding of where improvements can be made. We just completed our first test at Kentucky, which was valuable time spent on the track, that should assist in improving our team performance starting this weekend and going forward."
Labonte, the 1991 Nationwide Series champion and 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, does not have a contract for the 2014 race season, and said he still wants to help the Tad and Jodi Geschickter-owned team move forward.
"I enjoy racing for Tad, Jodi and Brad Daugherty," commented Labonte. "They have given me a great opportunity to help this team grow. It's where my focus has been since racing with the team in 2011. I want to see this team get better and will do what I need to do to make that happen."
Labonte will be making his 705th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend.

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