‘Team owner cites need to remain competitive ‘
Wauters Motorsports owner Richie Wauters has announced that his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team has made a change of manufacturers from Ford to Chevrolet, effective immediately.
The decision by the veteran crew chief follows a series of frustrating performances in the opening rounds of the 2013 season.
“We didn’t see our truck as being capable of producing the kind of speeds to keep up with the rest of the competition during the first few races,” said Wauters. “As a result, we found ourselves losing ground in a series where everybody brings their “A” game.”
“We also feel that there are some opportunities at our disposal with this switch to Chevrolet that will be beneficial to growing our program,” Wauters added.
Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines, the prominent supplier of engines for Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams will provide the power.
“We welcome Wauters Motorsports into the Chevrolet camp as we go into Charlotte this week,” said Dayne Pierantoni, Program Manager NCWTS for GM Racing Services. “Having worked with Richie Wauters in the past, we are well aware of his capabilities and past success as a crew chief. We look forward to working with Richie as he continues to build his team utilizing his ECR powered Chevrolets.”
Driver Tim George Jr. is eager to get back behind the wheel this weekend.
“It will be good to be racing a Chevy again,” said George Jr. “My best racing performances have come in a Chevy.”
The Wauters Motorsports No. 5 Applebee’s Racing Chevrolet will make its debut at the upcoming NCWTS race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17.
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