Martin Truex Jr. has re-signed with Furniture Row for 2016, but likely won’t be driving the same car. Sure, the No. 78 machine will still don the Furniture Row and Denver Mattress logos, but the Chevrolet bowtie on the front will be replaced by a Toyota symbol.
Truex will once again drive for Toyota in 2016 and beyond, according to Motorsport.com.
“It’s not just the place, it’s the people—especially this year,” Truex said. “Last year almost made me want to retire. It’s funny what a year and a couple of different people can bring to the table.
“The whole way we go about our business is different then I’ve ever done before. I’ve never been in a situation like this where I’m learning things from my guys. They’re sharp.”
Currently 11th on the Chase Grid, Truex is still competing for a championship in 2015 with FRR. His 13th-place finish at Chicago wasn’t a standout performance, but his 17 top-10 and seven top-five finishes ranks fifth and seventh in NASCAR, respectively.
Rumors started swirling after Pocono that Furniture Row would be departing for Toyota with growing frustration about funding from General Motors. FRR owner Barney Visser didn’t hold back when talking about his relationship with Chevrolet.
“There just doesn’t seem to be any money out of General Motors (Chevrolet) and probably never will be for us,” Visser said after Pocono. “Something’s got to give. We’ll see where it goes.”
Truex has driven for Toyota before during his time with Michael Waltrip Racing. He also made the Chase with the team before it was ripped away from him in 2013. So should we expect a step back in 2016 if they do switch to Toyota? Simply put: No.
Furniture Row is already looking like a well-oiled machine with Truex behind the wheel and might have better backing next season. Currently in an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, FRR would reportedly get assistance from Joe Gibbs Racing in the future.
In case you haven’t heard, Joe Gibbs Racing is currently the top dog in the sport.
Partnering with a team that has won 12 races this season instead of a team that has not collected a checkered flag in the last two seasons might help. Considering that Truex has already won a race this season, more success is likely on the horizon for the 35-year-old driver.
These huge moves aren’t likely the only changes coming for Furniture Row. The team has already discussed looking to add a second car to the team in the future, which would offer even more help for Truex apart from the alliance with JGR. Suffice to say, the future looks even brighter for Truex and Furniture Row as a whole.