Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Martin Truex Jr., Cole Pearn Join Joe Gibbs Racing
The rumors were confirmed on Wednesday when Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Martin Truex Jr., along with crew chief Cole Pearn, will join the organization for 2019. The move has been discussed since Furniture Row Racing revealed they were closing their doors at the end of the season in September.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to bring two people of this caliber into your organization, it’s certainly an exciting time,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They obviously have developed a chemistry that has led to tremendous success, including a championship. We’ve gotten to know them well over the past few years through the alliance and having been part of the Toyota family. They both make us stronger as an organization.
Truex and Pearn have worked together the past two seasons at Furniture Row Racing, winning the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. They currently are in contention for the title in 2018, ranked 28 points above the cut-off line entering ISM Raceway.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to join Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Truex, Jr. “Obviously to be able to make this transition and still be able to work alongside Cole is something that was very important to me. There is also a real comfort level working with the JGR team and I wanted to stay in the Toyota family. We still have big goals for the remainder of this season, but it’s nice to know what we will be doing in 2019.”
“I’m extremely proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish over the past few years out of Denver and the move to JGR will make the transition for 2019 an easy one,” said Pearn. “It’s a great organization with a lot of great people and a leadership team that wants to win. We still have work to do this season of course, but it’s nice to finally make our plans official for 2019.”
The shift will see Daniel Suarez out of his ride for 2019, with no details announced from the Mexican as to plans for next season.
“We really appreciate everything Daniel (Suárez) has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over these past several years,” Gibbs said. “He has made the most of every opportunity from winning the championship in the Xfinity Series to making the jump into the Cup Series for us. We look forward to hearing about his plans going forward and know he continues to have a bright future in our sport.”
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