Long-time Sprint Cup crew chief Donnie Wingo will have a new team and driver to work with in 2015.
Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reports that Wingo, who most recently worked with the Wood Brothers, will become crew chief for David Gilliland and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports program.
Gilliland finished 30th in the Sprint Cup points standings in 2014. He finished the year with interim crew chief Jay Guy following the release of Frank Kerr in October.
“It’s a little different opportunity than what I’ve had lately, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Wingo told Spencer. “I’m looking forward to working with David. I think he has a lot of talent.
“He’s been great at restrictor plate track and road courses, two areas where I’ve had success in the past. We need to work on the intermediate package a bit, but I’m looking forward to help building the program.”
With the Wood Brothers, Wingo guided Trevor Bayne (now at Roush Fenway Racing) and the No. 21 Ford Fusion in its part-time schedule over the last four years.
In a total of 12 Cup starts in 2014, Bayne’s best finishes were a pair of 19th-place results at Texas and Michigan. Their biggest accomplishment together was Bayne’s shock victory in the 2011 Daytona 500, which was only his second career Cup start.
Besides Bayne, Wingo has shepherded other current Sprint Cup racers like Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, and David Ragan – who happens to currently race for Front Row as Gilliland’s teammate. Wingo and Ragan were paired up at Roush Fenway Racing for much of the 2010 season.