By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Bobby Labonte and TRG Motorsports have officially announced that their partnership has officially been terminated. According to Labonte he felt it was time to leave when the team asked him to start and park in some upcoming events.
Labonte has already found a home for New Hampshire as he will move to Robby Gordon Motorsports on a one race deal. In 30 career starts at New Hampshire the 2000 Sprint Cup Series Champion has an average finish of 15.7, and he finished 2nd in 2000 at the track.
Robby Gordon, who usually drives the No. 7 car himself, of course announced before this news came out that he would be missing this race.
“When we found out that Bobby was available to drive for us, we jumped at it,” said Robby Gordon. “To have a past champion driving your car is a good opportunity. I think we can learn from him this weekend and it will help our program moving forward.”
His program of course comes into Loudon with some momentum as Gordon was able to pilot the No. 7 car to a second place finish at Infineon last week. According to Labonte this was one of the determining factors in his move.
“I can’t thank Robby and his folks enough for this opportunity,” said Labonte. “We’re going to New Hampshire with the goal of having another solid run for his team. They had a great finish at Sonoma and have some momentum right now. I’m just thankful for the opportunity and hope to get another solid finish for his team.”
Labonte will not be a start and parker this weekend, and actually has a deal in place with Phoenix Racing to run at Daytona and Chicagoland. Labonte is expected to attempt to run the full distance in those events as well.
Andy Lally will be taking over the No. 71 car at TRG Motorsports starting this weekend.