JTG Daugherty Racing forms technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports
The new partnership is likely to boost performance for the two car NASCAR team. The alliance is on the chassis side of the race team development.
Learn more about the Hendrick technical alliance below.
“So we’re hoping to improve our simulation capabilities and our measurement protocols; then we’ll do our own aero development,” team owner Tad Geschickter told motorsport.com.
We’re going to, start standing on our own two feet a little bit.
“Most of those great teams have their own aerodynamic development, and it’s not a part of what they share. So with General Motors’ help, and bringing Dave Charpentier in along with Ernie (Cope, JTGD competition director), we feel we finally have the expertise and capability to do that work ourselves. And that’s what we’re going to, start standing on our own two feet a little bit.”
“But, yeah, I think Hendrick will bring a lot to the table to help us get better on our base product and our simulation and where we’re at on it.”
JTGD currently uses engines supplied from Richard Childress Racing. That part of the Chevy alliance will continue in 2018.
“The ECR engine program has been really reliable for us,” Geschickter said. “We had a contract, and it made sense for the team to do that.”
This is also an important move for Hendrick Motorsports. At the start of the 2017 season, Stewart-Haas made the move from Chevy to Ford. With that move, Hendrick lost a large customer and a significant amount of income to support their race team.
JTG Daugherty Racing is a two-car NASCAR Cup Series team. The #37 is driven by Chris Buescher. The #47 is piloted by AJ Allmendinger.
In 2016, Chris Buescher picked up a win at Pocono Raceway. However, that win came with Front Row Motorsports. In 2017, in his new ride with JTG, Buescher has a best finish of 6th. He did that twice, at Michigan and again at Kansas.
AJ Allendinger picked up a win for the team in 2014. He won at Watkins Glen International. That was his first full year with the team.
In 2018, all the Chevy teams will receive a mutual upgrade. The 2018 Chevy Camaro will be introduced to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
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