Friday, August 23, 2013
Brian Vickers has lost his crew chief before he started the fulltime ride
When Brian Vickers was recently announced as the fulltime driver of Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota for the 2014 season, one of things he said he looked forward to was working more with the team's crew chief, Rodney Childers. The past two seasons, Vickers has shared the No. 55 ride with veteran Mark Martin.
As it turns out, Vickers won't be working with Childers beyond this season.
MWR officials confirmed Friday that Childers would not be returning to the organization next season and Vickers would get a new crew chief.
Sources say Childers is headed to Stewart-Haas Racing where he will be paired next season with new driver Kevin Harvick. An SHR official said no new crew chiefs had been hired for 2014 but the organization thinks highly of Childers and he is on the "short list" of candidates.
Friday at Bristol, Childress said his future location wasn't "100 percent done" but he would not be back at MWR.
"I think everybody has a good idea what it is," Childers said of his new job. "There was not one big thing that stood out. MWR has been great for five years.
"I've thought about this for a long time. I just woke up one day and this is what my heart told me to do. Hopefully, it all works out."