Published on September 22nd, 2011 | by Michael J Smith1
Michael Waltrip Racing To End Alliance With JTG Daugherty Racing
With the speculation that Clint Bowyer is headed to Michael Waltrip Racing with 5-Hour Energy, it is being reported that MWR will end its technical alliance with JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 team and driver Bobby Labonte. MWR provides cars and engines for JTG, and the No. 47 is housed in the team’s shop. With the ending of that alliance, MWR could make way for a third team for Bowyer.
JTG owner Brad Daugherty wants to keep his team on track next season, and is currently considering an alliance with Richard Petty Motorsports. RPM had talks with Clint Bowyer about joining the team in a third car. Later, RPM withdrew, stating that they were happy with the performance of the two-car operation.
Team owner Andrew Murstein said:
We are no longer in discussions with [Bowyer]. We just feel that RPM is in a great place today, especially how far we have come since last year. Both Marcos (Ambrose) and AJ (Allmendinger) are not only having career years, but they are both moving in the right directions and improving. … Clint is a great driver and we wish him the best wherever he ends up. For now, we will continue to focus on our two teams and continuing to make great strides as we return the King and his unmatched tradition and legion of loyal fans back into Victory Lane.
They were close to adding a third team, which could mean that a technical alliance with JTG is not out of the question. But, considering they recently indicated they were happy with the performance of their two cars, they may not want to expand.
An alliance with RPM would also mean a switch a manufacturer for JTG. RPM fields Fords, so the team would need to field Fords as well.