Cup Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Michael J Smith


McMurray Gets A New Crew Chief

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that Keith Rodden will be the crew chief for the No. 1 Chevy and driver Jamie McMurray in the Sprint Cup in 2014.

Rodden will take over duties effective immediately. He comes to EGR from Hendrick Motorsports where he served as lead engineer of the No. 5 Chevy of Kasey Kahne.

EGR owner Chip Ganassi said:

We are very happy to get a crew chief that is the caliber of Keith, said EGR Owner Chip Ganassi. He brings a lot of great experience with him to our organization. We are building the foundation for what we believe will be long-term success in our NASCAR operation and Keith fits into those plans perfectly. I look forward to having him in the organization and leading the No. 1 team.

Rodden earned four victories and two Chase berths in his two years as lead engineer with the No. 5.

Rodden says:

I am excited and appreciative for this opportunity and cant wait to be just a small piece of an excellent team that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing is building, said Rodden. Chip has quality people and is also building great race cars. This team has shown that they can win races and compete at the highest level of this sport and I look forward to working with Jamie and everyone on the team as we work to prepare for the 2014 season.

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