Furniture Row Racing announced Tuesday afternoon that they would cease operation at the end of the 2018 season. Meaning driver Martin Truex Jr. and more importantly crew chief Cole Pearn are free agents. Where will they head in 2019?
According to Motorsport.com and incessant Twitter blocker Jim Utter, both are headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. The dynamic duo no one expected to do much when they teamed up in 2014 is now NASCAR’s hottest commodity. It makes sense though the two have won a NASCAR Cup Series Championship and 17 races in that time period.
Truex will bring sponsor Bass Pro Shops with him to Joe Gibbs Racing. That’s an estimated $10M a year sponsor, a huge help to JGR as they look to fund that car for the 2019 season. No word on if Auto-Owners Insurance will join Truex at JGR as well.
Joe Gibbs Racing naturally wanted to bring Cole Pearn in-house. For the past three seasons, they have watched the mad genius out in Denver outrun them in their own equipment. If you can’t beat them you might as well put their team out of business and hire him for yourself. That’s almost exactly what Joe Gibbs Racing did.
Combine Cole Pearn’s big brain with Adam Stevens and the extensive list of resources at Joe Gibbs Racing and everyone else should be shaking in their New Balances. Pearn and Stevens have adapted to this Gen 6 package better than anyone. Somehow they have found downforce in the front end of these race cars and made them turn better in the corner than anyone outside of Rodney Childers. The two of them working together should put Joe Gibbs Racing right at the top next year with the #18 and #19.
Nothing has been officially announced yet but this has been the rumor for the last couple weeks. Where there is smoke there is fire and currently, this fire is blazing like a California wildfire. Look for an official announcement in the coming weeks when JGR figures out what to do with Daniel Suarez.
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