Front Row Motorsports has announced that they have hired two new crew chiefs to take over the reigns of the #38 and #26 Fords. Frank Kerr will turn the wrenches on the #38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports and driver David Gilliland.
Kerr spent three seasons at JTG-Daugherty Racing as the crew chief for Bobby Labonte and Marcos Ambrose. From 2009-2011 Kerr registered seven top five finishes and 14 top ten finishes with the organization. Prior to JTG-Daugherty Racing Kerr also worked at Robby Gordon Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing and Braun Racing. He spent most of the 2012 season as shop foreman at JTG-Daugherty Racing.
"I'm looking forward to working with this young team," Kerr said. "As an organization they've only been on track for a few short years, but there's a lot of experience in the shop, in the leadership and behind the wheel. I'm looking forward to helping them continue to grow.
Kerr and Gilliland are no strangers as the two have worked together before. In 2005 Kerr was the crew chief for Gilliland in the Nationwide Series when they worked together for a #58 Chevrolet and car owner Mark Golembeski.
The team also announced Thursday that they have hired veteran crew chief Steven Lane to take over crew chief duties at the #26 Ford and driver Josh Wise. Lane has worked for several organizations in the past including Inception Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing and Petty Enterprises. Lane also worked for Front Row Motorsports in 2010 with driver Travis Kvapil. Lane has 258 races as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief under his belt and has one top five and six top tens in his career. Lane is excited with the opportunity to work with Front Row Motorsports again.
"This will definitely feel like a homecoming of sorts, back with Front Row and back with Ford," Lane said. "It was a great experience to help get Front Row's first full-time Cup team off the ground back in 2009, and this will be a similar experience working with Josh as he expands his role with the team."
The team also announced today that Jay Guy will return as crew chief of the #34 Ford with driver David Ragan. The new hiring's also allow Derrick Finley to return to his role as Competition Director. Finley served as a crew chief for most of the season in 2012 for the organization. Team owner Bob Jenkins is excited about the new people with the team.
"It's great to have three veteran guys leading our race teams and have Derrick back exclusively in his competition director role as we start the season with the new Ford Fusions," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "Just like every other team, we're going to have a lot of benchmarking, analysis and building to do this season and it'll help us to have a solid, experienced group leading that effort with each guy having a focused role."
Front Row Motorsports is schedule to run all three cars full-time this season.Tags: Bob Jenkins, David Gilliland, Derrick Finley, Frank Kerr, Front Row Motorsports, Josh Wise, Motorsports, Sprint Cup Series, Steven Lane