Tag:Brad Daugherty
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:35 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 11:37 am
 

Audio: Brad Daugherty sounds off on cellphones

Posted by Pete Pistone

AUDIO: BRAD DAUGHERTY SHARES VIEWS ON CELLPHONE USE BY DRIVERS

Team owner and ESPN analyst Brad Daugherty has concerns about drivers taking their cellphones inside the cockpit of their racecars.

Daugherty explained his views when he visited with SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" Thursday and said among other things the policy needs to be changed as a precautionary measure of potential data tampering and cheating.

 
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Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Positive outlook for JTG Daugherty

By Pete Pistone

CHARLOTTE - While on track success stories have been few and far between, JTG Daugherty Racing remains optimistic about what lies ahead.

The single car Toyota team returns veteran Bobby Labonte as its driver this season, who is now paired with crew chief Todd Berrier formerly of Richard Childress Racing. The two have already formed a solid relationship in a brief period of time and Labonte believes their veteran presence as well as management's continued support will be beneficial to improving the team's performance.

“It’s got its pros and cons," Labonte said of being a solo car effort going against the mammoth multi-car operations.  "It’s definitely not going to be easy, but there are a lot of things that we can do as a small team thatwill make some differences.  The great support of Toyota and their facility and what they give us is like being a part of a bigorganization.

"It’s just now that Tad (Geschickter, team owner), Jodi (Geschickter, team owner) and Brad (Daugherty, teamowner) have to put the funding into it to make that happen.  There are a lot of good things with that and I think that’s a plusfor us.  With a small group -- everybody has to pull their weight.  I do believe there is a challenge for us, but at the same time we’ll have to hit everything right and if we do then we’ll have more success than not."

Berrier spent his entire career with RCR, one of the sport's powerhouse organizations. But now he moves to the smaller-sized JTG team and admits the transition has taken some time.

However he is enthused about the resources and support he has at his disposal.

“I’ve been a part of things smaller than this up to things larger than this," Berrier said.  "It is cool to know that we do have a small group ofpeople and we all impact it a lot.  If one person lays out of work today -- everybody is going to have to work five minutes tomake it up.  Before, when you grow these things into monsters, you can have 10 people lay out and you didn’t even knowanybody was missing.  The only thing different is that we have resources and pretty much the same resources -- I think withToyota and their backing and the things they support us with, it’s no different than what I’ve been used to."

If all pans out, JTG Daugherty will expand to a two-car effort next season and in fact may field a second entry in selected races this year.

Labonte says the best way to reach that goal is to perform in 2012 and is encouraged by the propsects.

"I think every Sunday -- no differentthan any other team, we’ll give it our best and have some races that we know we will have more confidence going into," he said.  "All in all it’s going to be a great way to build our race team into a bigger team next year as well.” 


 
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Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 11:55 am
 

Brad Daugherty jumps back to driving career

Posted by Pete Pistone

Current ESPN analyst and Sprint Cup Series team owner Brad Daugherty may be best known for his days on the basketball court during a successful college and NBA career.

But Daugherty was bitten by the racing bug at a tender age he in fact spent some time behind the wheel of racecars before jumping into the realm of NASCAR's elite.

Now Daugherty is returning to his original racing roots with a program in the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) circuit.

“I’ve raced Late Models in the NASCAR Whelen Series for a few years,” Daugherty said. “I didn’t race this summer, but last year I ran four or five races. I’ve also ran a couple of full body cars at road course races with NASA and ran nine races last year in a Roadster.

“Also, when we had NASCAR Nationwide Series cars I’d run laps,” Daugherty continued. “I bet I’ve turned 500 or 600 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 300 or 400 laps around Daytona International Speedway at speed. I’ve run a bunch of laps at Charlotte too. It’s kind of funny - - my passion for racing. I’ve been doing it for a long time, but nobody really noticed it. I have always loved racing and this big old body was used to playing basketball, not stuff it in a race car. However, I’ve got a little bit of time and I still love tinkering and I want to race a little bit more.”

In preparation for competing in the NASA Southeast Division next season, Daugherty will test a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machine at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday.

“The reason I’m testing a truck is because I’m going to try to run it next year in the series called NASA in the Southeast Region, which is a road course racing series, “ Daugherty said. “It’s for me to get used to the horsepower because it is probably 200 more horsepower than I have ever raced. Andy Petree and Michael Waltrip are going to spend the day with me. Mikey, who is 6’ 5”, decided to come along to help shake it down and decipher information for me.”

Daugherty is going to compete in eight NASA races in 2012 around his television broadcast schedule and employ the services of ESPN colleague and former crew chief Petree to assist in his endeavors.

“We will race at Road Atlanta twice, Charlotte, Carolina Motorsports Park, Roebling Road in Savannah and so forth,” Daugherty said. “I’m trying to run eight races until I have to go back to work. I’m also going to run a Thunder Roadster at Road Atlanta on December 2nd, which is their final race of 2011. Their first race is the second week of February at Carolina Motorsports Park.

“Andy has helped me a lot with my race car chassis,” Daugherty said. “Andy, Jeff Swan and a young man out of Asheville (N.C.), Brian Ogle actually built this truck for me. It will be a lot of fun to test.”


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