Tag:JTG Daugherty Racing
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: October 23, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: October 23, 2011 11:27 am

JTG Daugherty announces 2012 plans

By Pete Pistone

JTG Daugherty Racing will split from Michael Waltrip Racing and move into its own race shop as part of the team's plan for 2012.

Bobby Labonte will return to drive the No. 47 Toyota as the team stays with the same manufacturer it campaigned for this year but veteran crew chief Todd Berrier will move in as crew chief and team general manager. Labonte's current crew chief Frank Kerr will become shop foreman in the reorganization.

Berrier most recently served at crew chief for Jeff Burton at Richard Childress Racing.

“Todd Berrier is a winner, pure and simple,” team co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “He is innovative, an effective communicator, great with race cars and knows how to use the resources available to him to optimize performance.

“We are confident that he is the right individual to lead our race team into the future.”

Labonte comes into Sunday's Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway 29th in points. The former Sprint Cup Series champion likes the directtion of the team including the addition of Berrier and moving back into its own facility, which the operation will share with the Wood Brothers.

“I like the plan that this team has in place and if you look at the choices I’ve made throughout my career, you can tell that I have always enjoyed the challenge of building up a team,” Labonte said. “We have some people with proven success coming to work with us and we plan to capitalize on that along with the technical resources of Toyota. We’ve had some limited success this year and we are focused on improving and continuing to build our program. I am looking forward to a successful 2012.”

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:12 am

JTG Daugherty first quarter "Spirit Award" winner

Posted by Pete Pistone

From News Release

Members of the National Motorsports Press Association have selected JTG Daugherty Racing as the first quarter winner of the NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award.

The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.  Each year, quarterly winners are selected, and an overall winner is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership.

JTG Daugherty Racing was selected for its work with a 6-year-old girl seeking a bone marrow transplant and others needing a similar transplant.  The team visited her in the hospital and put her photo and a website for potential donors on its car for the Budweiser Shootout in an effort to raise awareness for both her fight and the need for donors overall.

Also receiving votes were:  Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon, Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Greg Zipadelli, Craftsman Truck Series driver Justin Lofton and Front Row Motorsports drivers Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland.


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Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:01 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 5:16 pm

Ambrose to replace Kahne at RPM

The Silly Season pieces are falling into place over at Richard Petty Motorsports as Marcos Ambrose has been signed to drive the No. 9 car, which will be vacated by Kasey Kahne at season's end. Stanley Tools Black and Decker will replace Budweiser as the primary sponsor on the car. It was announced earlier Tuesday that Budweiser would sponsor Richard Childress Racing's No. 29 car in 2011.

A couple of weeks ago RPM announced it had signed AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 43 car to a contract extension. The only question that remains now is what becomes of Elliott Sadler and the No. 19 car. Sadler said he doesn't expect to be back.

-- Brian De Los Santos

Listen to Marcos Ambrose teleconference (28 minutes, 48 seconds)

Press release follows:

Concord, N.C. (August 17, 2010) - In preparation for the 2011 season, Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that driver Marcos Ambrose has signed a multiyear agreement with the organization to drive the No. 9 Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Long-time RPM sponsor Stanley Black & Decker will be the primary sponsor of the No. 9 team.

"I'm very excited to join Richard Petty Motorsports," said Ambrose. "It's an incredible honor to be able to race for a legend like The King and be a part of this organization. I'm also happy to be back with Ford Racing. The No. 9 team has been a very successful team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With the support of Ford and everyone at RPM, I believe we can continue that tradition of success. I'm also excited to join forces with Stanley."

"We are very happy to have Marcos Ambrose join our team," said NASCAR Hall of Famer and team owner Richard Petty. "He's a very talented and passionate driver and will be a great addition to our team."

"We knew once Marcos became available that we wanted him to be a part of the RPM family," said Foster Gillett, managing partner and team owner. "He's a fan favorite and he's proven to be a tough competitor on track. We're thrilled to have Stanley continue their partnership with our team and believe that Marcos is a great fit for the Stanley Racing program."

"Stanley is pleased to partner with Marcos," said Scott Bannell, Vice President Brand Management and Licensing, Stanley Black & Decker. "We look forward to carrying the winning tradition of the No. 9 car into the 2011 season."

The Tasmanian-born driver cut his racing teeth in V8 Supercar competition before making the shift to NASCAR in 2006. Through a partnership with Ford Racing, Ambrose made his American racing debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. In 2007, the driver made the jump to the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he competed for two seasons before his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009.

"All of us at Ford are very happy to have Marcos back home," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsport. "We helped Marcos come to America and become a NASCAR driver because we believed in his talent, and loved the way he connected with Ford fans here and in Australia. Already a Ford champion in Supercars, we believe his move to RPM will give him the car and equipment to win races and contend for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup going forward."

Ambrose, 33, is in his second season in NASCAR's premier racing series. He collected a third straight win at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in July.

Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:10 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 12:10 pm

Ambrose, JTG to part ways; RPM in his future?

Marcos Ambrose
and JTG Daugherty Racing have announced that they'll be parting ways at the end of the season. In 67 career Cup races, Ambrose has notched five top fives and 10 top 10s. Though he says in the press release that he doesn't have anything lined up and that a retrun to Australia is possible, he's rumored to be heading to Richard Petty Motorsports, which has Kasey Kahne's seat to fill and possibly that of Elliott Sadler and AJ Allmendinger.

No word on who JTG Daugherty might look at to fill Ambrose's seat. If Sam Hornish Jr. could be a possibility if he loses his ride at Penske Racing.

Press release follows:

HARRISBURG, N.C. (July 27, 2010) - - After five successful years together in NASCAR’s top touring divisions, JTG Daugherty Racing and Marcos Ambrose will part ways at the end of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

“JTG Daugherty Racing and our sponsors are obviously huge Marcos Ambrose fans and we are disappointed to see him leave after five great years of building a program together from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to the Nationwide Series, and into the Sprint Cup Series,” said Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing along with Brad Daugherty and Jodi Geschickter. “Marcos is a friend and he is a great talent. He will be an asset to his next team.

“While we hate to see him move on at the end of the season, we will remain focused on winning races with Marcos,” Geschickter continued.  "We are excited about our company's development. We have NASCAR’s greatest and most loyal sponsors, a growing fan base, and a steadily improving race team.”

“We have enjoyed working with Marcos and getting to know his family and friends from both the United States and Australia,” Jodi Geschickter added. “They have brought a lively dimension to our racing family and we have appreciated the opportunity to get to know them. Although we will miss Marcos, we have an amazing team at JTG Daugherty Racing and we look forward to announcing our plans for 2011.”

Daugherty echoes the Geschickter’s sentiments and wishes Ambrose much success in his future endeavors.   

“We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Marcos for the last five years and it has been an enjoyable experience,” Daugherty said. “We wish him the utmost success and best wishes. JTG Daugherty Racing has a bright future and we already have great plans in place for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

The two-time V8 Supercar champion’s first appearance with JTG Daugherty Racing was at Martinsville Speedway in 2006 when he made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series. Ambrose naturally progressed the next year to the NASCAR Nationwide Series spending two years in the division before competing full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the racing organization.

“It has been a great five year journey for me and JTG Daugherty Racing,” Ambrose said. “I am proud of being their driver and of what we have been able to accomplish together. I want to personally thank Tad, Jodi and Brad and the entire race team for everything they have done. Our plan is to complete the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with the same desire and commitment and end our relationship the same way it started with a positive attitude and the willingness to win. I will do everything I can to help JTG Daugherty transition into next year with their new driver.

“After five years, I personally felt it was time for a change,” Ambrose continued. “I have no firm plans of what will come next for me and my career. I would like to continue in NASCAR and finish off what I started, but I have not discounted returning to Australia. I’m grateful to JTG Daugherty Racing for giving me an opportunity to become a NASCAR driver and I wish them the best in the future.”

The Launceston, Tasmania Australia native has recorded four top-five and nine top-10 finishes with JTG Daugherty Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has also delivered two Nationwide Series victories. His career-best Cup finish is a second-place finish at Watkins Glen International last season.

Currently Ambrose has two top-10 finishes and is 27th in the driver points standings after 20 starts this season.

JTG Daugherty Racing will make an announcement in the near future regarding their driver for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

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