Changes are the best way to describe the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Furniture Row Racing.
After switching to Toyota last year, the organization added a new team. This meant rearranging the shop to accommodate the new offices and space for more cars.
Erik Jones joins Furniture Row Racing this year driving the number 77 5-hour Energy Toyota. Jones will be one of three contending for Rookie of the year.
Chris Gayle, in his first year as Crew Chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will guide the 77 team.
Cole Pearn says the news rules about damaged cars and the 5 minute clock are a good thing. For safety issues for the crew and other drivers when they go back on the track. Logging laps might have gotten you a point or two in the past.
Chris Gayle says if you run in the front segment points shouldn’t be an issue. If there is a caution 10 laps before segment ends odds are you mostly going to come and put on tires pending track.
Martin Truex Jr feels they have some unfinished business. After having the best season of his career in 2016 , but going out of the Chase early , he feels with the new points system he should make it to the Homestead round.
Both drivers agree they plan to run in the front but if anywhere from 11-15th they will do what they can to get in the top 10 at segment in with the big picture winning the race.
Rumor has it with all the additions over the off season that it was still the smoothest in several years getting the haulers ready and on the road to Daytona.
For those in the area or visiting the Denver, Colorado area the shop gives tours on Thursday afternoons.