On Wednesday, Furniture Row Racing, announced that former crew chief Pete Rondeau will serve as the teams competition director for the 2013 season and will oversee the shop and building of the No. 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars that Kurt Busch will drive.
In 2010 Rondeau moved to Furniture Row Racing and started off as a car chief before being promoted to crew chief for Regan Smith in the No. 78 in May of 2010. Rondeau was the crew chief for Furniture Row Racing's and Regan Smith's breakthrough win on May 7, 2011 at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500.
Rondeau was the crew chief for the first 19 races of the 2012 season until Todd Berrier took over those duties starting at the Brickyard 400.
“With the tremendous gains Furniture Row Racing has made in recent years and the solid foundation that it has built, the opportunity has never been better to reach a higher level of competition,” Rondeau said.
Busch ran the last six races of the 2012 season with Furniture Row Racing with Berrier as his crew chief. The team gained a lot of momentum for the 2013 season by scoring three eighth place finishes in the final three races of the season. Even though Rondeau was not the crew chief for those races he still is a big part of the teams success.
“Since joining Furniture Row Racing, Pete has played a significant role with team development,” said team general manager Joe Garone. “His transition to the competition director position is having a positive impact in our continuing effort to strengthen our overall program.”
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