JTG Daughtery Racing announced that Bobby Labonte will drive the team’s No. 47 Sprint Cup Toyota next season, following the departure of Marcos Ambrose, who is expected to drive Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 9 Ford, replacing Kasey Kahne, who is set to drive Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 5 in 2012. Kahne’s 2011 plans have yet to be announced.
JTG Daugherty Racing is a solid race team that has come close to winning races with Marcos Ambrose and I’m looking forward to developing our new partnership in 2011. The team is thriving and their technical alliance with MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) is intact. It’s great to have next year already set in stone so when this season ends we can begin focusing on next year right away. Everything is in place and we have all the right ingredients to win races together.
Brad Daugherty, one of the team’s owners, said:
We are really happy Bobby has decided to join our team because I have known him for a long time and I have always admired him as a professional driver and as an individual. He will do an outstanding job representing our products and team. He has gotten to a point in his career that he still has some things to accomplish. He is highly experienced with a championship on his resume’ and we know he is capable of winning.
Owner Jodi Geschickter added:
We know he is an amazing fit for our sponsors and racing organization. The Labonte name has a history of excellence. Bobby is a proven winner, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and his character is solid.
Labonte began the season driving for TRG Motorsports in their No. 71 Sprint Cup Chevy. He left the team in June, seeking a more competitive ride. Following his departure from TRG, he drove for Robby Gordon Motorsports and Phoenix Racing before agreeing to drive the No. 71 for four more races this season.