By AMANDA VINCENT
Chris Heroy will be Brian Scott’s crew chief for the driver’s first full year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2016 on the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford team, according to a release from the race team on Wednesday.
“I’m really excited to join the team,” Heroy said. “I readlly enjoyed working with Kyle (Larson) for his rookie season, and I’m looking forward to working with Brian as he works toward the Rookie of the Year title. This team has done a great job building consistency over the past year and continuing their winning tradition is a top priority, and I believe we can accomplish that this season. I’m excited to work with Trent (Owens) as well. We worked together when Kyle was racing for both Ganassi and Turner Scott. I think we will work well together, and we can get Richard Petty Motorsports to victory lane.”
Heroy arrives at RPM from Chip Ganassi Racing, where he was crew chief for Kyle Larson for Larson’s first two seasons of Sprint Cup competition. Heroy has since been replaced by Chad Johnston at CGR.
Heroy has 144 races of experience as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief, working with Larson and former NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the Ganassi operation. Prior to that, he was an engineer at Hendrick Motorsports. As a Cup crew chief, Heroy has 14 top-fives and 37 top-10 finishes to his credit.
“Chris will be a great addition to our team,” RPM Vice President of Competition Sammy Johns said. “Not only does he have experience working with a rookie driver, he’s also worked with Trent (Owens) in the past, so he will be able to hit the ground running. There is a very talented rookie class this year in the Sprint Cup Series, and I expect to see Brian and Chris challenging for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.”
Trent Owens is the crew chief for the other Richard Petty Motorsports entry, the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola.
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