Chevy Thursday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour presented by Technocom featured a bevy of teams, including Richard Childress Racing, which is coming off a very successful 2015 season. Two of RCR’s three Sprint Cup Series drivers (Ryan Newman and Paul Menard) made the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, while Ty Dillon finish third in the XFINITY Series standings. But don’t expect RCR to be satisfied with anything but a championship in either division this season.
“The goals are higher this year. We expect to make the Chase, now we have to get up there and win a championship,” said team owner Richard Childress. “I know how hard this group has worked. I spent a lot of time in the offseason around the shop, more than ever, and our focus is there in every department.”
Chevy Thursday provided RCR an opportunity to make a series of sponsorship announcements, too. Rheem will return as a primary sponsor for RCR’s No. 2 team with Austin Dillon, while enhancing its program as the primary sponsor for select races on the No. 3 piloted by Ty Dillon for select races. Also joining the RCR family is Nexteer Automotive, which will serve as a primary partner on the No. 33 driven by Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Jones in the XFINITY Series for select races.
Richard Childress Racing also announced a technical alliance with Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing that includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing as they switch their No. 95 Sprint Cup Series cars to Chevrolet.