By AMANDA VINCENT
Danica Patrick will, reportedly, get a new crew chief for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. According to a report from Motorsport.com, Billy Scott will join Stewart-Haas Racing to replace Daniel Knost as Patrick’s crew chief on the No. 10 Chevrolet team. Stewart-Haas Racing has not released an official announcement.
If the report is correct, at least two of the four teams at SHR will have new crew chiefs in 2016. Chip Ganassi Racing announced Monday morning that Chad Johnston has left the No. 14 Stewart-Haas team of co-owner Tony Stewart to be crew chief on the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson.
Scott moves to SHR from Michael Waltrip Racing. The end of the 2015 race season marked the end of MWR. Scott joined Michael Waltrip Racing in 2008, spending the last two years there as a crew chief. He was promoted to crew chief with MWR for the 2014 season to replace Rodney Childers, who also went from MWR to SHR. Childers has been the crew chief for the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team of Kevin Harvick the last two seasons, including a Sprint Cup championship season in 2014.
Knost was Patrick’s crew chief since a in-house Stewart-Haas crew chief swap between the No. 41 team of Kurt Busch and Patrick’s No. 10 team with four races remaining in the 2014 season. The 2015 season, Knost and Patrick’s first full-season together, was Patrick’s third as a full-time Sprint Cup driver. She finished out the year 24th in the points standings, posting two of six career top-10 finishes.
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