By AMANDA VINCENT
Chip Ganassi Racing announced Monday that Chad Johnston will replace Chris Heroy as Kyle Larson’s crew chief on the No. 42 Chevrolet team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2016 season.
“I’m excited to get to work with Chad and to start doing what needs to be done to get the team to victory lane next year,” Larson said. “As a team, I think we are very close and the addition of Chad should help move our program forward for many years to come. Lastly, I would also like to thank Chris for all he did to help me grow in my first two seasons in the Cup Series.”
Johnston arrives at CGR from Stewart-Haas Racing where he was crew chief for Tony Stewart on the No. 14 Chevrolet team in the Sprint Cup Series for two years. Prior to joining SHR, Johnston was with the now-defunct No. 56 Toyota team at Michael Waltrip Racing, where he was crew chief for Martin Truex Jr.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and the opportunity to work with Kyle Larson,” Johnston said. “The organization has a great reputation in numerous forms of racing, and I’m looking forward to adding to that reputation in NASCAR. Kyle is certainly a unique talent, and I’m eager to get to work with him and the team as we look to build a foundation of success.”
Stewart-Haas Racing has yet to make an official announcement regarding a replacement for Johnston, but Motorsport.com reported Monday morning that Mike Bugarewicz will be Stewart’s crew chief in 2016. Bugarewicz has been a race engineer on SHR’s No. 4 team the last two seasons. The No. 4 team, with Kevin Harvick as driver, was the Sprint Cup championship team in 2014.
Next season will be Stewart’s last as a Sprint Cup Series driver. Clint Bowyer, also formerly of Michael Waltrip Racing, will take over driving duties of the No. 14 in 2017.
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