NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 
       === SHR making crew chief changes for Newman, Patrick's teams ===
 
 Kansas  City,  KS (Sports Network)  - Stewart-Haas Racing is restructuring its
 team  lineup for  drivers Ryan  Newman and  Danica Patrick  in the  Sprint Cup
 Series, beginning with next week's race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
 
 Crew  chief Tony  Gibson will switch from  Ryan Newman's No. 39 team to Danica
 Patrick's  No. 10 team. Patrick is competing in this weekend's Sprint Cup race
 at Kansas Speedway. She is scheduled for just two more Cup events after Kansas
 --  Nov. 4  at  Texas Motor  Speedway  and Nov.  11  at Phoenix  International
 Raceway.
 
 Patrick is expected to run a full schedule in Sprint Cup next season.
 
 Matt  Borland  will return  to the  role of crew  chief when  he moves over to
 Newman's  team after  Kansas. Gibson  currently  serves as  vice president  of
 competition for SHR.
 
 Steve Addington remains in the crew chief role for Tony Stewart's No. 14 team.
 Stewart  is  one of  the 12  drivers in this  year's Chase  for the Sprint Cup
 championship.
 
 "We have a lot of talented people at Stewart-Haas Racing, and as we grow, it's
 important  to  place people  in  the  proper roles  to  get  the best  out  of
 everyone," SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said. "Tony Gibson has been
 with Stewart-Haas Racing from the beginning and knows what it takes to build a
 team. His experience will be crucial to developing the No. 10 team and Danica,
 and the rapport he already has with Matt Borland and Steve Addington will make
 the communication between all three of our teams seamless."
 
 Borland  served as  Newman's crew chief at Penske Racing from 2002-06, earning
 12 wins and 37 poles.
 
 "Matt  Borland has had great success as a crew chief, and much of it came when
 he and Ryan Newman worked together," Zipadelli added. "Matt and Ryan both have
 engineering  backgrounds, and  they have similar mindsets. It's a pairing that
 produced  some  very good results, and  there's no reason why it can't produce
 similar results now that they're back together. Their four races together this
 year will position them very well for 2013."
 
 10/19 17:47:10 ET

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