Contract Status: Driver: 2016; Sponsors: Kimberly-Clark: 2017; Crew Chief: 2016
Burns to remain with JTG Daugherty Racing: Brian Burns has agreed to terms with JTG/Daugherty Racing to remain as crew chief for the #47 Chevy for the next two seasons. Burns graduated from Indiana University/Purdue University in 2000. He worked as a race engineer with Earnhardt Ganassi six seasons and enjoyed a lead engineer role with Front Row Motorsports from 2009-2011 before joining JTGD. In 2012, Burns was named crew chief for Bobby Labonte mid-way through the season. He remained in the role during the transition with AJ Allmendinger last season and qualified for the company's first Chase to the Sprint Cup berth this year following his win at Watkins Glen in August. "Well, for 20 years we have been building an organization and heading towards a goal," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Geschickter said. "A large part of achieving goals is knowing you can, believing you can and knowing the steps to take. At the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level, we hadn't achieved the highest level of winning races and being with the elite teams in the Chase. Now, we have done that and competed at a high level against those guys. Now, we know we can do it and we know the steps it took to do that. I believe this season can springboard us to the next level just having achieved some of our goals."(Motorsport)(11-9-2014)
Brad Daugherty to Remain with ESPN: Brad Daugherty, a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout, will serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst beginning in November. Daugherty will appear regularly on NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, SportsCenter and on additional news and information programming. He will also serve as an analyst for most games in ESPNU's ACC Sunday night package, in addition to other select games, beginning Dec. 1. "I'm ecstatic about having the opportunity to remain a part of the ESPN family," said Daugherty. "I thoroughly look forward to working with the talented individuals and crews that bring basketball into millions of homes on ESPN throughout the season."
Daugherty most recently served as an ESPN NASCAR analyst on NASCAR Countdown, NASCAR Now and across ESPN platforms. He previously covered college basketball as a reporter for ESPN and ABC on ACC telecasts from 1999-2001. Before joining ESPN, Daugherty served as a game analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs local telecasts. Daugherty played eight seasons in the NBA for the Cavaliers after being selected as the first overall pick in the 1986 Draft. Throughout his career, Daugherty averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. His No. 43 jersey, a number he wore in honor of Richard Petty, was retired by the Cavaliers in 1997. A 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Daugherty joined the Tar Heels as a 16-year-old freshman. He was a two-time All-ACC player and a first-team All-America in his senior year, when he averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game.(ESPN)(10-29-2014)
Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger: A busy Wednesday for Brad Daugherty included a brief talk at the Southern Conference Basketball meetings at the Biltmore Estate, launching a charitable campaign against hunger with a goal of raising $1 million, and sharing the news that he is returning to TV as a basketball analyst. The first pick of the 1986 NBA Draft is also pumped up about his Brad Daugherty Foundation, working with Eblen Charities and the SoCon for Hoops Against hunger, a program that will provide meals for students who don't get enough to eat at home during extended holiday breaks from school. The plan is to bring together public, private and sports organizations to help fight hunger, including basketball teams that will raise food and donations during their seasons and bring them to the SoCon Basketball Championships in March 2015, to be held in Asheville for a fourth straight season. Daugherty, who helped give away more than 10,000 meals last Thanksgiving in WNC, said his goal is to reach out to contacts in basketball and NASCAR and raise $1 million for Hoops Against Hunger.(PR)(10-17-2014)
Allmendinger's bus got TP'd: #47-AJ Allmendinger, met with members of the media and discussed many topics, including what the win at Watkins Glen has meant to him, the transcript in part:
Q) WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL MOMENTS THAT STAND OUT FROM YOUR WIN:
Allmendinger: "I think the first thing is watching the highlights of ESPN of Brad trying to do his job, but jumping up and down and basically trying to break Rusty (Wallace) back by jumping on him. That was pretty funny to see. I think that the Victory Lane celebration was cool. It was fun to share that with everybody, but more than anything stepping away from it and just being in the bus lot after everything had died down and just taking a moment to say what happened here? What just happened? Did this really just happen? And seeing really Tad and Jodi's face, just knowing from what I've learned from them already just a little bit. Everything that they've gone through and the struggles they have had to see just kind of their body language and on their face what it meant to them. That to me was the most satisfying thing because when they signed me here and they gave me an opportunity and took a chance on me to a certain degree. Just to be able to repay them back like that and just see what it meant to them just in their language. It was almost surreal it was happiness but it was kind of like taken back because they didn't really believe that it had happened and Brad TP'd my bus which I felt was kind of wrong. I walked up and my bus had toilet paper all over the top of it, Scott Toilet Paper by the way. So just things like that just the joy of what it truly meant to get our first altogether. I think that was the most satisfying thing to me was just to see that emotion on their face and their body language and their true outright joy and happiness was something I will always remember."(Team Chevy)(8-23-2014)
First win for car #47 since 1986: When A.J. Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014, it was the first time since March 16, 1986 that a driver had won a Sprint Cup Series race in a car #47. Morgan Shepherd won at Atlanta in a Jack Beebe owned Buick crew chiefed by Jake Elder. The car #47 has 25 Sprint Cup Series wins in its history. See more on wins by car numbers on the Wins by Car Numbers page.(8-14-2014)
Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen: #47-A.J. Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Watkins Glen, and 1st career win. He and Ambrose battled door to door for much of the final laps of the race.
#9-Ambrose finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #99-Edwards, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, and #55-Vickers..
Pole winner #24-Gordon had electrical problems during the race and finished 34th, 3 laps down.
#14-Regan Smith, filling in for Tony Stewart, was involved in a late race accident and finished 37th.
There was a large wreck on lap 56 when #16-Biffle got off course and then came back on the track, causing #31-Newman to get into the back of Biffle and spin into the barrier. Newman's car then bounced back out into traffic and clipped McDowell, ripping the rear suspension out of McDowell's car and sending him into another barrier. Several other cars suffered some damage checking up or running through the debris. The race was red flagged for a total of 1 hour and 21 minutes while the track was cleared and the barriers were repaired.
There was another red flag of nearly 20 minutes for track clean up with 4 laps remaining when #11-Hamlin hit sand barriers at the end of pit road after a spin.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. (3 wins) takes the points lead, now 5 over #24-Gordon.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. still leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and not 1st in points followed by #2-Keselowski with 3 wins, 4th in points.
There were 5 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 90.123mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Watkins Glen Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Watkins Glen Penalty Report (pdf).
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-10-2014)
JTG Daugherty to make sponsorship announcement UPDATE: "The Clorox Company announced at Sonoma Raceway they were returning to JTG Daugherty Racing as a primary sponsor through 2017 and now we have some more news," #47-A.J. Allmendinger said. "On Friday, we will announce another major partner that is returning. We're pretty excited at all the great things going on for us right now."(JTG Daugherty Racing)(8-6-2014)
UPDATE: JTG Daugherty Racing announced Kimberly-Clark Corporation extended their sponsorship of the #47 Chevy with driver AJ Allmendinger through the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with their SCOTT, Viva, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Huggies brands. Kimberly-Clark Corporation's essential brands touch nearly 1 of 4 people globally every day by placing consumers at the center of everything they do. Billions worldwide choose their products to make a positive difference in their lives. Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 brand share in more than 80 countries.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(8-8-2014)
JTG Daugherty creates program to reward fans: Fans are number one in the sport of NASCAR and JTG Daugherty Racing wants to be #1 in fan engagement. The team is reaching out to all race fans by offering one-of-a-kind, insider NASCAR access and rewards through a site called Racing-Rewards at www.Racing-Rewards.com. Its primary purpose is to reward fans for supporting the team and sponsors through social media activities. Racing-Rewards allows the most avid fans a chance to earn bigger and better rewards. It also allows fans to enter drawings for the rewards that are valued most and to significantly increase their chances of winning. It's pretty simple. Fans sign up for Racing-Rewards at www.racing-rewards.com to create a profile. Fans can connect their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, GetGlue and Foursquare accounts to their profile. Then start engaging and earning points. Each day Racing Rewards members can execute the points earning activities posted at www.racing-rewards.com. Fans can then redeem points and enter drawings for the rewards they want to win. Fans continue to earn points and move up to the next status level for bigger and better rewards and greater odds of winning each drawing. There is also the "Fanfluence" leader board where fans can keep track of everyone's rankings.(JTG Daugherty Racing)(8-1-2014)
Bad day for former (and one current) open-wheelers: Five drivers in Sunday's race also have raced in the Indianapolis 500. But that certainly didn't give them an edge in a stock car. #14-Tony Stewart, who has two previous victories in the 400-mile race, was the highest-finishing driver in 17th with an IndyCar background at the Brickyard. #47-A.J. Allmendinger finished 18th, followed by #12-Juan Pablo Montoya in 23rd , #41-Kurt Busch in 28th and #10-Danica Patrick in 42nd . Patrick broke a rear gear while driving away from her pit stall. "We looked at everything and it looks like the launch was fine," she said. "It's just one of those things."(Florida Times Union)(7-28-2014)
Allmendinger, RPM to test at Watkins Glen UPDATE: "We tested at Watkins Glen International last year and it really helped and we are looking forward to testing again on Monday and Tuesday (July 28-29)," Allmendinger said. "We tested at Sonoma Raceway and it showed it helped. So, we're doing the same for Watkins Glen. We will run through a plan and have a good baseline. We know the track will not be the same when we go back, but we are looking to find a good balance to make sure when we get there, we have some good ideas to work through practice. It's pretty basic. Testing Watkins Glen is all about getting a good balance and good ideas for the car when we go back in a few weeks."(JTG Daugherty Racing), Richard Petty Motorsports will also be testing at the same time.(7-23-2014)
UPDATE: Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are scheduled to test at Watkins Glen International on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Scheduled to test are #9-Marcos Ambrose, #43-Aric Almirola, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #3-Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon. Fans can watch for free at the Argetsinger Grandstand, located outside of Turn 2 on the road course. The grandstand is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.(Elmiria Star Gazette)(7-27-2014)
Allmendinger to test Sonoma UPDATE: #47-A.J. Allmendinger is scheduled to take part in a two-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday, June 3, in advance of next month's Toyota/Save Mart 350. This marks the final scheduled test at Sonoma Raceway prior to race weekend.(Sonoma Raceway), the public is allowed to watch the practice.(6-1-2014)
UPDATE: #47-AJ Allmendinger wrapped up the first day of a two-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday. Allmendinger, a Los Gatos native, and his JTG Daugherty Racing team are testing in advance of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 later this month (June 20-22). The team completed approximately 63 laps of testing on Tuesday, all in race trim, and will return for a second full day on Thursday. "With our race team being as small as we are, we don't get much test time, so any track time we get helps us focus on the weekend and future," Allmendinger said. "These tests are good because for me, as a driver, you don't have to focus on other people, you just focus on your car and what feels good." Not only is Sonoma Raceway a home track for Allmendinger, it's also a home track for his sponsor, The Clorox Company, based in Oakland. "Road-course racing, I've always thought, you can wring a bit more out of the car, whether it's braking or how you use the curbs or the lines you choose from," said Allmendinger. "So, that's why I enjoy it and that's why I feel like we can come here and have a shot to do well. And, if we put ourselves in position to win the race, then that's great.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-4-2014)
Hungry Jack joins JTG Daugherty for 2 races: JTG Daugherty Racing has some of the finest quality brands activating in the Sprint Cup Series with the #47 Chevy SS team and announce the addition of Hungry Jack pancake mixes and breakfast syrups, which are part of The J.M. Smucker Company. Hungry Jack will have prominent positioning on the #47 Chevy SS race car during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 31, 2014, and the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 16, 2014. The brand will also have presence as an associate partner for the remainder of the season, including in-store opportunities for its retail partners.(JTG Daugherty Racing), see an image of the car on the #47 team paint schemes page.(5-6-2014)
Milestone starts at Richmond: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Chevy for JTG / Daugherty Racing, will make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend, at Richmond. His best career finish is second, on April 1, 2012, at Martinsville Speedway - like Richmond, a short track. Marcos Ambrose, who drives the #9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, will also make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night. He has two wins in his career, both at Watkins Glen.(NASCAR)(4-24-2014)
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)
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, February 21, 2015, TBA pm/et
Born in DECEMBER:
22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Beth Simons-Dykes, Dorthy Schrader, Riley Craven, Ryan Blaney, Joe Hicks, Benny Ertel
Born in JANUARY
1 The New Year, Godwin Kelly, Scott Riggs, Dan Elliott
2 Robby Gordon, John Linville, Jimmy Lacroix, Karen Hensley, Robert Holt, Danny Baptista
3 Tony Eury Jr., Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin, Joe Littlejohn, Michael Schumacher
4 Trent Owens
5 Dexter Bean, Dennis Connor
6 B.A. Wilson, Malcolm Young
7 Marty Houston, Cindy Page
8 Bobby Hamilton Jr
9 Mark Martin, Stephen Leicht, Briggs Pemberton, Bob Rahilly, Stephen Hawkins, Jim Rosenblum
10 Harry Gant, Larry McReynolds, Dennis Lacroix, John Mulloy, Rodger Ward
11 Brett Bodine, Jeff Hood, Shane Wallace
12 Lloyd Ruby, Brian Scott, Walter Ballard, Jacob Dallenbach, George Bignotti, Catlin Marie Waltrip, Randy Goss, Brian Taylor
13 Ernie Irvan, Kirk Hanson, Ron Denton, Earl Balmer
14 Mack Shirley
15 Scotty Hazlett, Chris Ostrander, Tim Andrews
16 A.J. Foyt, Dick Rathman, Bill Pappas, Harold Elliott, John Ambrose, Jeremy Clements
17 Lake Speed, Harry Hyde, Michael McSwain, Gabe Martin
18 Bill Davis, Christian Fittipaldi
20 Fireball Roberts, Ryan Pepe
21 Ernie Saxton, Roman Pemberton, John Willenborg, Robert Hughes
22 Ashton Lewis Jr., Sean Pragano, Rebecca Shepperd, Emma Blaney, Josh Pate
23 Bill Patterson, Emanuel Zervakis, Daryl Rasnake, Boris Said Jr., Matt Eversole
24 Greg Wallace, Scott Speed, Bob Schacht, Mike Harmon, Austin Cameron
25 Buddy Baker, Mike Broadwater, Harry Ranier, Chuck Hill
26 Scott Wimmer, Paul Newman, Troy Welty
27 Lake Speed, Jr., Jerry Robertson, Mike "Bubba" Hart, Gary Bradberry
28 Phillipe Lopez, Jimmy Cox, David Green, Randy Renfrow, Mark DeMarco, Kenneth Lankford, Timothy Morgan, Chase Miller
29 John Witske, Tommy Houston, Frank Mathalia
30 Wendy Venturini, Sean Caisse, Andy Eversole
31 Kevin Patrick Dowd, Shana Mayfield, Rick Wilson, Scott Lagasse Jr., Rex Hathcock, Tony Mullett, Jerick Johnson