|Rodden to Hendrick?|
While there has been no official announcement of Keith Rodden’s anticipated jump to Hendrick Motorsports next season, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates gave a strong indication that a move is afoot today.
CGRFS announced this afternoon that Matt McCall will serve as crew chief for Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 team in 2015. McCall will assume the role effective immediately to prepare for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
McCall joins CGRFS from Richard Childress Racing where he most recently has been the race engineer for the No. 31 Chevrolet that made it to the Championship round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, ultimately finishing the season second in the championship point standings.
He is also a former driver who has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series. In fact, racing has been in his blood from an early age as he began racing go-karts at age nine and eventually joined the World Karting Association Dirt Series where he would ultimately win the honor of Grand National Champion. He would also go on to race in Super Sport events as well.
The Denver, NC native graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a major in mechanical engineering. The 33-year-old McCall is also passionate about fitness and holds a third-degree black belt in karate.
McMurray will begin his 13th full-time season in the NSCS in 2015. The 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 Winner added another big win to his resume this year with a victory in the 2014 Sprint All-Star race. In nearly 450 career NSCS starts he has accumulated seven wins, 11 poles, 121 Top-10 and 52 Top-5 finishes.
Rodden is expected to replace Kenny Francis at the helm of Kasey Kahne's No. 5 Farmer's Insurance Chevrolet next season.