Success in NASCAR can change the outlook for a team drastically. For Furniture Row Racing, the process has been a slow moving one that is finally coming to fruition.
That new found success? Yeah, it’s causing the entire operation to transform the outlook for the future.
Most notably, general manager Joe Garone is now looking at the possibility of adding a new car and team for Furniture Row. Garone spoke about the potential move with Jay Pennell of Fox Sports.
“Long-term, we’re constantly looking for sponsorships to come on the 78 with Furniture Row and also to start a second team down the road to help support the overall effort,” Garone said. “Being a single-car for so long and now feeling like we’re getting it to work really well, you feel like now is the time to go ahead and look at bringing something else on.
“We look forward to going through that process. Again, it all comes down to raising the money.”
The timing is perfect for Furniture Row. Martin Truex Jr., the only current driver for the team, has enjoyed the most success to start a season for any Furniture Row driver. Sitting second in the points standings, Truex has two top fives and 10 top-10 results in the first 11 races.
FRR had Kurt Busch in the seat before Truex, but has never carried this much momentum into the summer. Another huge component of that success is a partnership with Richard Childress Racing—one that Garone hopes to maintain with a second team.
“They have already expressed they could support a second effort with engines and technical support,” Garone said. “Everything’s in place to do it; we just have to find the funding.”
Garone also referenced working on finding a driver once the process gets closer to being finalized. Luckily, there’s a wealth of young drivers at the Trucks, Xfinity and Sprint Cup level that would love a full-time ride. With seats at RCR limited, Ty Dillon or Brian Scott might be options when Furniture Row puts a second car on the track.
There’s still a lot to work out in order to field a new team, car, sponsor and driver for Furniture Row, but the possibility of the move is great for NASCAR. With so many single-car teams struggling just to make it, this Colorado-based company is a shot in the arm for the entire sport.
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