By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
In what has been a busy week as far as silly season moves are concerned in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, another domino has fallen as Joe Gibbs Racing announced Saturday morning that they have added Brian Scott to their stable of drivers for 2011.
There are several questions though… Who will be Scott’s sponsor, crew chief, and what will his number be? Luckily J.D. Gibbs gave us as much insight as he could on the situation.
“On the sponsor side, we have some of that fit and ready to go and some of it we’re still looking for, so obviously part of the announcement is, ‘hey we have a great, young driver we think could be a good fit for a lot of new partners into the sport.’ The Nationwide Series is such a great fit for a lot of our (sponsors) the Z-Line’s, The Sports Clips, the GameStop’s that do that, that’s where they want to be is Nationwide,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs continued, “So, I think that is encouraging for our sport. We’re going to hire a crew chief from in-house, but we’re not really ready to announce that yet and then a number we’re still kind of working on. We were 19 in the past. We’re looking at maybe switching that around some. We should announce a lot of that here in the next few weeks.”
For Brian Scott he finally has a consistent organization that is behind him.
“I think consistency is everything in racing and you see it now more than ever– how close championships battles are coming. And unfortunately, consistency is something that I’ve battled this year both at Braun Racing and then since I moved over to RAB Racing,” Scott explained.
“There are a number of things that I think caused inconsistency. A lot has been my personal experience and learning process, but I think that I’ve gotten to a step now where I can be consistent and now I feel confident going into an organization like Joe Gibbs Racing and their consistency to help me along and also be there performance-wise week in and week out.”
This is the third notable announcement of this kind in the Nationwide Series this week.
Of course Elliott Sadler announced his plans to move to Kevin Harvick Incorporated full-time in the No. 2 car next season. Meanwhile Justin Allgaier who faced an uncertain future because of sponsorship woes announced his move from Penske Racing to Turner Motorsports for next year.
Allgaier will drive the No. 31 chevrolet that will be powered by Hendrick motors and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated transmissions.
Turner Motorsports of course bought out what was Braun Racing, and Braun Racing of course fielded cars for Brian Scott for the majority of the 2010 season, before he was released when the team was sold.