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  • Teams to test at Martinsville: Motor Racing Network's Dustin Long, reported that #7-Michael Annett and #36-Reed Sorenson of Tommy Baldwin Racing will be testing with #47-A.J. Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team next Tuesday and Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway.(3-14-2014).

  • Grillin' Beans on the #47: This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the #47 JTG Daugherty Chevy will have a different look with a Bush's Grillin' Beans black paint scheme. "We have Bush's Grillin' Beans front and center on our #47 Chevy SS at Bristol Motor Speedway," AJ Allmendinger said. "I like nothing better than to get together with family and friends, hang out and grill out. We grill some chicken and I have the hookup to bring some Bush's Grillin' Beans."(JTG Daugherty Racing), see an image of the car on the #47 team paint schemes page.(3-13-2014)

  • JTG Daugherty signs associate sponsor: JTG Daugherty Racing has some of the greatest household brand names in their stable sponsoring AJ Allmendinger's #47 Chevy. Now they welcome associate sponsor Southeastern Mills' branded products in efforts to promote Shore Lunch Premium Soup Mixes and Southeastern Mills Gravy Mixes at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. Southeastern Mills is a fourth generation, professionally managed food company headquartered in Rome, Georgia. Southeastern Mills serves the world's largest grocers, restaurants and food manufacturers across North America.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(3-5-2014)

  • JTG Daugherty Racing and Scott Brand Announce 'Win My Car' Sweepstakes Winner: Scott brand and JTG Daugherty Racing announced the grand prize winner of the 'Win My Car' Sweepstakes. AJ Allmendinger visited Hammonton, N.J. this Saturday (Feb. 1st) to hand over the keys of a brand new 2014 Toyota Camry to the winner, Robert "Bob" Wilson, Jr. The sweepstakes, which ran Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, 2013 and generated more than 250,000 total entries, gave Wilson the choice between the ultimate NASCAR fan memorabilia - AJ Allmendinger's actual #47 Scott Products race car- or the best-selling car in America, a 2014 Toyota Camry.(Kimberly-Clark/ScottBrand PR)(2-4-2014)

  • NASCAR drivers shut out in Rolex 24: After more than 2,400 miles and 23 1/2 hours of racing, the most prestigious North American sports car race came down to eight minutes and a final five-lap sprint. The first race of the unified United SportsCar Championship - the NASCAR-owned and IMSA-sanctioned series born from the merger between American Le Mans and Grand-AM - ended with a NASCAR flair. A late, full-course caution swallowed Joao Barbosa's 13-seccond lead and gave Max Angelelli a last-ditch chance to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Barbosa never gave him a chance, pulling away on the restart with 8:23 to race Sunday to give Action Express Racing its second victory in four years. Co-driver Sebastien Bourdais won the Rolex for the first time, while Christian Fittipaldi won for the second time.
    Ford was shut out in its debut of its new EcoBoost engine. The #01 car of Chip Ganassi Racing team [including Jamie McMurray] wasn't able to defend its race win because of a series of problems that plagued the car starting very early in the race. Ganassi's #02 entry [including Kyle Larson] was taken out of contention when it developed a flat rear tire while Scott Dixon was running second with roughly five hours remaining.
    Michael Shank Racing's entry [including A.J. Allmendinger], the 2012 race winning team, was halted by a broken gearbox.
    CORE autosport finished a lap ahead of 8Star Motorsport to win the Prototype Challenge class.
    Porsche North America claimed the GT Le Mans class with its No. 911 RSR entry.
    The crowded GT Daytona class had the most thrilling - and controversial - finish of the race. The victory initially went to Flying Lizard Motorsports when IMSA officials penalized Level 5 Motorsports for avoidable contact on the last lap. But hours after the race ended, IMSA reversed its decision and gave the victory to Level 5.(Associated Press)(1-26-2014)

  • JTG Daugherty forms technical alliance with RCR: JTG Daugherty Racing team officials announced a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing that will include receiving ECR Engines and engineering services during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with driver AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel of the #47 entry. "We certainly appreciate all the support that TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has provided to JTG Daugherty Racing for five years and we are great fans of their business model," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "As a single-car team, we feel that aligning directly with a successful multi-car organization like Richard Childress Racing is what will work best for us in 2014." After nearly 15 years of success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, JTG Daugherty Racing ventured into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with driver Marcos Ambrose at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July of 2008. Ambrose went on to score the team's career-best finish with second-place at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2009. 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte took the reins in 2011 and delivered his best finish with the team at Daytona International Speedway on February, 20, 2011 when he crossed the finish line in fourth-place. This season AJ Allmendinger has earned the team's best finish of the season (10th-place) at Watkins Glen International in August and will be behind the wheel of the #47 full-time starting in 2014.(JTG Daughterty Racing)(11-25-2013)

  • Labonte Uncertain About His Future: Former champion #47-Bobby Labonte doesn't know where or if he'll race next season, but as he prepares for his final Sprint Cup race of the season Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, he says he still wants to drive. Labonte will not compete for JTG Daugherty next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making Sunday his final race of the season. AJ Allmendinger, who will take over the ride next season, will drive the car at Homestead. Labonte would like to remain in Cup but finds the idea of racing in the Camping World Truck Series intriguing. "That would be something I probably wouldn't have thought of three or four years ago,'' said the 49-year-old Labonte, who is finishing his 22nd year in Cup. Should Labonte go to the Truck series, it could give him the opportunity to become the first driver to win a championship in each of NASCAR's top three series. He won the Cup title in 2000 and a Nationwide crown in 1991. Trucks would be just an option for Labonte, who also would consider a Nationwide ride if there wasn't something suitable in Cup. Labonte admits he'd be willing to go with a smaller team to help it. With being a former champion, he could be inviting to some teams because of the past champion's provisional.(Motor Racing Network)(11-10-2013)

  • Last race in the #47 for Labonte, special scheme: Bobby Labonte's journey behind the wheel of the #47 Toyota with JTG Daugherty Racing comes to a close at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has one pole award, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes and has led 68 laps in 29 starts at PIR. His average start is 23.034 and his average finish is 18.448. The #47 Toyota will carry a special Clorox / Wounded Warrior Project scheme at Phoneix. "I think Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization and we are grateful to have them on our Toyota and help raise more awareness," Labonte said. "It is a great program to help out young men and women that fight for our freedom in a battle where things happen and their lives are changed forever. It is good to have someone to help them through the tough times," said Labonte.
    "The last two years the team went out on their own," Labonte said. "It was without support from being a part of a big organization and that has been tough. The choice they made to go out on their own I supported. They needed to go in that direction. The battle was still to get the team in position to go forward. We went through the trenches together to get there. At the end of the day, I was a part of the puzzle where I got to help put the pieces together where the puzzle did not fall apart. I always woke up everyday and put my best foot forward."
    "It has been a pleasure to have Bobby in our car the past few seasons," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said recently. "He is a true champion and a Hall of Famer. He is a tremendous racecar driver and person. We have leaned on him heavily, as well as, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) in testing parts and pieces. He has been a constant professional and we appreciate him and everything he has done for us."(JTG Daugherty Racing), see images of the scheme on the #47 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2013)

  • JTG Daugherty to Chevy? And out here in the NASCAR garage, Brad Daugherty's long-time #47-Toyota team, which has Bobby Labonte at the wheel this year and will have AJ Allmendinger next season, may be changing to Chevys for 2014. If the Bobby Hutchens' run team does make the move, it will almost certainly become a satellite of the Richard Childress operation.(MikeMulhern.net)(10-26-2013)

  • Labonte wants to race next year: For those doubting Bobby Labonte, questioning if he wants to race after this season, consider what he did to get back in the car after a recent cycling accident that broke three ribs and slightly tore a lung. He had acupuncture treatments. Labonte had never had such treatments before. He was poked from his waist to his bruised leg to help aid his recovery after the Aug. 28 accident near his Trinity, N.C. home. The ribs weren't displaced too much, but he said he could feel them clicking at times. Those injuries caused Labonte to miss the past three races but he's back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.< BR> Labonte wanted to return quickly. It's why he endured acupuncture and why he also had laser treatments on his ribs. The 49-year-old former champion, who will be making his 713th career Cup start, also wants to continue racing after this season. Labonte admits that "some dominoes'' have to fall to see what his options are for next season. To people who suggest that Labonte should leave the sport after this season, relish the fine career he's had - he's won 21 Sprint Cup races and was the 2000 champion - he says: "They're not me, I'm not them. If you enjoy what you're doing and you're able to do it, that's what you want to do,'' he said. Would Labonte take another role in the sport if he wasn't driving after this season? "Racing is Plan A," he said. "We'll worry about Plan B if Plan A doesn't work."(Motor Racing Network)(9-22-2013)

  • Allmendinger gets ride with JTG Daugherty UPDATES - Official: AJ Allmendinger has an offer to drive the #47 JTG Daugherty NASCAR Sprint Cup car in 2014. Team owner Tad Geschickter confirmed to FOXSports.com a full-time deal had been offered to Allmendinger. The driver confirmed JTGD's proposal late Wednesday night. Allmendinger, 31, has competed in NASCAR, IndyCar and Grand-Am this season. With his experience in a variety of different series and manufacturers, JTGD brought Allmendinger in for the Michigan June race to provide a second opinion on what areas the needed improvement with the car - mechanical, aerodynamic or engine. At that time, the team's current driver Bobby Labonte was 27th in the standings.(Fox Sports)(8-29-2013)
    UPDATE: AJ Allmendinger has agreed to a full-time deal to drive the #47 JTG Daugherty NASCAR Sprint Cup car in 2014. Sources say the team has scheduled a news conference for Saturday. Although team owner Tad Geschickter has offered Labonte a position within the company, the 49-year-old former Cup champion told FOXSports.com on Aug. 24 that he had not made a decision regarding his 2014 plans (FoxSports).
    AND AJ Allmendinger will become the full-time driver of the #47 Sprint Cup car for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014, sources told ESPN.com on Thursday. Allmendinger has accepted a three-year deal to replace Bobby Labonte, who has been in the car since 2011. A formal announcement is expected Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Allmendinger will drive the #47 in Sunday's Cup race.(ESPN)(8-29-2013)
    UPDATE 2: JTG Daugherty Racing officials announced that AJ Allmendinger will pilot the #47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry full-time beginning with the 2014 season. "For me, it is an amazing opportunity," Allmendinger said. "I looked at this year as a new beginning for me. I have worked hard and feel fortunate about every opportunity this season and I am very grateful. It has been nice to have the chance to really get to know the JTG Daugherty Racing team and the owners Brad (Daugherty), Jodi and Tad (Geschickter). This is the start of something full-time and I look forward to the next full blown chapter of my career with JTG Daugherty Racing."
    "We are very thankful to Bobby," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. "He did such a great job establishing baselines for our company and we are glad we were able to extend his racing streak as long as we did. He is a champion of our sport and has won 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He has a Hall of Fame career and we are very thankful to him and want to work with him in the future with our company. We will try to provide him with best resources to get him to victory lane this season."
    As one chapter closes for the #47 team, a new one begins with Allmendinger. "We are pleased to have an opportunity to work with AJ going forward," Daugherty said. "We think he is up and coming with so much potential in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We have a great opportunity to get to victory lane. AJ's hungry to compete to win. We are looking forward to the next chapter of our program and he is a big part of it."(JTG Daugherty Racing)(8-31-2013)

  • Driver change in the #47 at MIS? MORE: Could #47 JTG/Daugherty Racing be looking to make a driver change at Michigan International Speedway next weekend? Although Bobby Labonte has driven the No. 47 car since 2011, with the team teetering just within the top 30 in owner points, sources tell FOXSports.com that AJ Allmendinger has been approached to fill the seat and offer a fresh opinion. Labonte, who turned 49 on Saturday, has 21 career Sprint Cup wins but has not posted a top-five finish in the car since he debuted with JTG/Daugherty in the 2011 Daytona 500. The 2000 Sprint Cup champion scored top 10 finishes last year at Daytona and Martinsville Speedway but his best result in 2013 was 15th in the Daytona 500. After a busy month of May in the IndyCar Series - including a top 10 finish in the Indy 500 - Allmendinger, 31, returns to stock cars this weekend at Pocono Raceway with Phoenix Racing. He will start 18th on Sunday after qualifying was rained out on Friday. Team owner Tad Geschickter could not be immediately reached for comment.(FoxSports)
    MORE AJ Allmendinger will replace Bobby Labonte next week at Michigan International Speedway as JTG Daugherty Racing looks for answers for its struggling performance. Labonte is tentatively scheduled to return to the car the following week at Sonoma Raceway. The 2000 Cup champion, Labonte is mired in 28th in the standings with a season-best of 15th at Daytona. Having driven for JTG Daugherty Racing since 2011, Labonte does not have a contract for next season, but team co-owner Tad Geschickter said Saturday that this change is just to get a second opinion. The team does not have sponsorship for five races in 2013 and Allmendinger could run all of those five but that is still to be determined, said team co-owner Brad Daugherty. "We're not replacing Bobby - he's still our driver," Geschickter said. "But we have a few races that we don't have any sponsor activation and it was pretty easy to do (a change and) some benchmarking. The big issue for a single-car team, how else do you benchmark for your car? ... Michigan is the only one set in stone (for a change). Bobby will be back in the car at Sonoma. It is just a good opportunity for us to verify what Bobby thinks the main issue is." Allmendinger declined comment on the reports Saturday, deferring to Geschickter.(Sporting News)(6-8-2013)
    UPDATE: 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte will share seat time with AJ Allmendinger in the #47 Toyota Camry fielded by JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the remainder of the 2013 season. The team is currently eyeing five races with the first taking place in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan. The move is being made by the single-car operation to help refine the direction for the team's development of the Gen-6 Camrys housed in their Harrisburg, N.C. shop. Allmendinger believes he can assist the JTG Daugherty Racing team. "I have raced for Phoenix Racing some this year and feel confident I'll be able to provide JTG Daugherty Racing with a good comparison," said Allmendinger. "I'm thankful for this opportunity to work with the team and Bobby (Labonte)."
    "At the end of the day, the name of the game is to provide value to our sponsors," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "We are realistic about our position in the garage as a single-car operation. However, we have always been able to punch above our weight to deliver a great value to our partners on and off the track. We have not been doing that with the new car and this move is an additional step in determining what areas we need to work on to improve our performance."(JTG Daugherty Racing)(6-8-2013)

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