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Crew chiefs named for Robby Gordon, Mike Bliss

Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:00 pm
 
Tommy Baldwin will not be the crew chief of his team's No. 36 car this season as Kevin Buskirk will serve in the role with Mike Bliss as driver. The move will allow Baldwin to focus more of his attention on the business operations.

Looking for a job following the sale of Bill Davis Racing, Baldwin opted to start his own team in 2009. He started the season with Scott Riggs as the car's primary driver, but after missing four of the season's first 12 races, the two parties agreed to part ways. Mike Skinner , Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo were then scheduled to share the driving duties the remainder of the season, but Carpentier had to beg out and the team picked up Michael McDowell .

TBR figured to have some growing pains as it slogged through the 2009 season. The 36 car failed to qualify for 11 of 36 events. For the races it did qualify for, it was mostly a start-and-park operation. Its best finish was 18th in the fall race at Talladega with Robert Richardson (in his only race with the team) behind the wheel. Riggs' best finish in the car was 25th.



According to foxsports.com, Robby Gordon has named Iain Watt crew chief.

Watt, who worked at Gillett Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) starting in 2007 and was director of performance engineering prior to the merger with Yates Racing at the end of last season, has an extensive racing background in IndyCar racing and sports cars. "He's ready for this level," Gordon said. "He's been here since the new year. We started talking back in November about this position. Let's let the results speak for themselves." FULL STORY

Of course, how many races Watt actually works as crew chief remains to be seen. With Jim Beam having left as a primary sponsor after last season, Gordon's team faces sponsorship questions. According to previous reports, Gordon had sponsorship for just eight races. But Gordon has also formed an alliance with BAM Racing to provided technical support, race cars and personnel for BAM's 49 car, which doesn't yet have a full-time driver. If additional sponsorship is never found for Gordon's 7 car, perhaps he can fill in at BAM

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