NASCAR: Gibbs announces crew chief shuffle (VIDEO)

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Three of the four crew chiefs for Joe Gibbs Racing will switch cars in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the team announced Thursday.

Darian Grubb, who had been crew chief for Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry, will shift over to the new No. 19 ARRIS-backed entry driven by new JGR arrival Carl Edwards.

Dave Rogers, who had been on the box for Kyle Busch’s No. 18 M&Ms Toyota, will move laterally to replace Grubb as Hamlin’s crew chief.

Adam Stevens, who had worked with Busch’s No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide (now XFINITY) Series, comes up to Cup full-time as Busch’s new crew chief on the No. 18.

Meanwhile Jason Ratcliff, who has been Matt Kenseth’s crew chief on the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota since Kenseth joined the team at the start of 2013, remains.

Gibbs’ team announced all four crew chiefs for 2015 in September, but had not assigned the cars to each of them as yet.

The team’s XFINITY crew chief lineup has been released as well, below the Cup lineup.

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
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TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to NBCSports.com and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter.

NBCSports.com spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.