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JRM Names Ives As Smith’s Crew Chief

Regan Smith [1]JR Motorsports has named Greg Ives, who served as race engineer for Hendrick Motorsports’ No 48 during Jimmie Johnson’s run of five Sprint Cup Series championships from 2006 to 2010, as crew chief for Regan Smith and the No. 5 JRM Nationwide Series Chevy.

The team made a push to field two full time Nationwide teams in 2013, but it is becoming increasingly likely that the team will only field the No. 5 full time. A second car will be fielded on a limited basis with Dale Earnhardt Jr and other drivers behind the wheel.

That leaves Cole Whitt without a ride.

The No. 5 will feature sponsorship from TaxSlayer.com.

JRM General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said:

Our goal is always to field two full-time teams  and that could still happen next year with other potential opportunities  but what we have right now is a strong team with Regan and Greg that will compete for a championship, and a part-time team with Dale Jr. that will compete for wins. Our focus is to streamline our company and equip those teams with everything they need to compete at a high level.

Smith signed with JRM [2] after filling in for Earnhardt Jr in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy while Earnhardt Jr recovered from concussions [3]. Smith was told he would not be back with Furniture Row Racing [4] earlier this year. FRR opted to hire Kurt Busch [5].

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