Paul Menard will be the longest running driver at Richard Childress Racing.
RCR also has a Rookie driver with big shoes to fill and a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
The organization also traded (basically) drivers with Stewart-Haas Racing with Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.
Richard Childress Racing will definitely be making headlines in 2014.
With Paul Menard, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman under one roof, RCR will be a very strong team this season. Menard brings consistency to the organization. Although he rarely contends for race wins, Menard brings sponsorship dollars and and a familiar name to RCR.
Leaving SHR and taking over the No.31 Cat Chevrolet, Ryan Newman will be the new face of the organization and their lead driver. His experience and talent will be a the forefront of RCR and will be a great asset to Rookie Austin Dillon. Newman, who will be paired with Crew Chief Luke Lambert, will be the leading man at the organization for the first time in his career.
“Ryan brings a huge resume and tons of experience to our group as a driver. On top of that, he’s truly one of the most talented drivers in the sport today. Even if you ignore all the amazing things he’s accomplished, when he gets in that race car, he’s got an incredible feel, he’s got a lot of speed,” Lambert said. “His feel and his speed are what’s going to allow us to be successful in the future. He has the understanding and knowledge of what we need to do and we need to do focus on … [and] provide prospective of what he’s feeling in the race car.”
Along with Menard and Newman, Rookie Austin Dillon also joins his grandfathers Sprint Cup organization. All eyes will be on Dillon this season as he brings back the famed No.3 that Dale Earnhardt made famous in the 1990s. With a lot riding on his shoulders piloting the No.3, which hasn’t seen the track in the Cup Series since Earnhardt’s tragic death in 2001, Dillon will have a lot to prove.
With two championships under his belt from the Truck and Nationwide Series and a handful of Cup races already in the books, Dillon isn’t going in to the 2014 season completely green. With Newman as a teammate, Dillon could prove to be a factor this season.
Will Richard Childress Racing get back to its winning ways? With Newman and Dillon, that could very well happen. 2014 will be a crucial year for the organization to see just where these drivers will take it in the long run.