On Sunday at Homestead-Miami, Martin Truex Jr. came up just short of winning a Sprint Cup championship. As one of just four remaining drivers, Truex still solidified himself as the best finisher in Furniture Row Racing’s history at fourth in the Chase.
After shuffling through drivers like Regan Smith and Kurt Busch over the last few years, Truex has cemented the Colorado team as one to watch moving forward.
But Truex can’t do it alone. Luckily, there appears to be help on the way.
During the Chase Media Day, Furniture Row Racing president Joe Garone hinted at future plans for his team.
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There has been speculation all season that Furniture Row will look to add a second car in the near future. However, a third team has never been on the table until Garone made mention of his five-year plan.
It’s not like Truex is going anywhere. At 35 years old, Truex will be 40 when Garone’s plans for a three-car team rolls around. If Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick (he’ll be 40 on Dec. 8) have proved anything, it’s that a driver’s prime might be around that age.
“I think this is great motivation for us for next year,” Truex said following Homestead-Miami. “I think that with the things we have coming and going to Toyota and teaming up with Joe Gibbs Racing and all that stuff, I think the future is bright for this team. We’re keeping all our guys together, and hopefully this is our first season battling for a championship but not our last.
“I really feel strong that this is a special group of guys, and if we can keep that together for hopefully the rest of my career, I’d love to drive for them.”
With the move over to Toyota Racing already finalized, Furniture Row will once again have competitive equipment in 2016. The technical alliance that Truex mentioned is with the same team that hoisted the Sprint Cup trophy on Sunday. Suffice to say, there’s no better alliance to have right now in NASCAR.
Just four years ago, this was a team that had never won a race. Now, thanks to Truex, FRR is thriving heading into a new era with Toyota. There’s no telling what the future will hold for this team, but Garone believes it looks bright.