7/24/2012 12:09:15 PM
Veteran crew chief Todd Berrier has left Bobby Labonte's No. 47 team at JTG
Daugherty and moved over to Furniture Row where he will replace Pete Rondeau
in the role at Regan Smith's No. 78 team. Berrier was also the general manager
at JTG Daugherty, but the team has hired former Stewart-Haas Racing
competition director Bobby Hutchens to take over that position.
David Hyder will be the interim crew chief for Labonte at Indianapolis.
Berrier had served as Kevin Harvick's crew chief at Richard Childress Racing
for 11 years, guiding Harvick to victories in the Daytona 500 (2007) and the
Brickyard 400 (2003). He joined Labonte's team for the start of the 2012
season. Labonte, the 2000 Cup Series champion, is currently 23rd in the point
standings, with only one top-10 finish so far this year (earlier this month at
"Furniture Row Racing has a reputation in the Sprint Cup garage for its
commitment and potential," Berrier said in a team statement. "I welcome this
opportunity and can't wait to begin my new position at Indianapolis this
Rondeau, a former crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip at
Dale Earnhardt Inc., had been paired with Smith at Furniture Row since May
2010. He led Smith to his first win in the series in May 2011 at Darlington.
Smith is 26th in points and has yet to post a top-10 finish this season.
Hutchens came on board with Stewart-Haas before the team began competing in
Sprint Cup at the start of the 2009 season, but he was released from SHR in
"Bobby Hutchens is someone I have admired for a long time and the individual
I've turned to many times for direction over my 18 years as a car owner," JTG
Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "In my opinion, he is the best
in the business, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber step in
to help steer our team in the right direction during this important
Furniture Row and JTG Daugherty's announcements of new crew chiefs comes one
week after Roush Fenway Racing revealed that Chad Norris will replace Bob
Osborne as crew chief for Carl Edwards' No. 99 team. Osborne will remain with
Roush Fenway as a senior member of the organization's management team and