Friday, October 19, 2012
Tony Gibson to chief Danica Patrick
By Terry Blount
Tony Gibson will leave Ryan Newman's car after Sunday's race to become Danica Patrick's crew chief in the No. 10 Chevrolet for her final two Sprint Cup races this season, Stewart-Haas Racing officials announced Friday.
Matt Borland, the vice president of competition at SHR, will add to his duties and become Newman's crew chief in the No. 39 Chevy, starting next weekend at Martinsville, Va.
The moves are being made now to get a jump on the 2013 season when Patrick starts her first full season as a Sprint Cup driver.
"We have a lot of talented people at Stewart-Haas Racing,'' said Greg Zipadelli, competition director at SHR. "As we grow, it's important to place people in the proper roles to get the best out of everyone.
"Tony 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.''
Gibson will work with Patrick for her two remaining Cup races this season -- Texas and Phoenix -- to help prepare for 2013.
Borland served as Newman's crew chief for five years when the two were together at Penske Racing (2002-06), earning 12 wins and 37 poles.
"Matt and Ryan both have engineering backgrounds and similar mindsets," Zipadelli said. "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."