Johnson and Gordon Swap Pit Crews for Final 2 Races

8 Nov

Hendrick Motorsports announced on Monday that Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon’s teams will switch pit crews for the remaining two Sprint Cup Series races this season

HMS said in its news release that the change is limited to the seven primary over-the-wall members of the respective pit crews, and roles of additional team personnel are not affected.

The swap comes one day after Johnson’s No.48 crew struggled on their pit stops during the first half of Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway. When Gordon was knocked out of competition following an accident with Jeff Burton, his crew moved over to Johnson’s No.48 pit area and took over responsibilities from there.

“The 24/48 shop has always operated as a team, and that is the way that we see it,” Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, said after the race. “It is sad that we had to do that, but in interest of Hendrick Motorsports and what we have to do, you have to do that stuff.”
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