Tommy Baldwin Racing could be on its way to pushing more of its efforts towards its No. 7 Chevrolet next Sprint Cup season.
A report from Motor Racing Network’s Dave Moody cites sources that say TBR is planning to align with Jay Robinson Racing to field its other Chevy, the No. 36, under the JRR banner.
Those sources say that as part of the deal, TBR would handle the No. 36’s fabrication and prep for the four restrictor-plate events.
Unfortunately, it would also mean the layoff of approximately eight TBR employees, although the affected personnel would be invited to apply for positions with JRR in this scenario.
“I’m working hard to get the 36 car going a little better,” Baldwin told Moody’s GodfatherMotorsports.com site. “But I have no plans to get out of the ownership game. I am talking to Jay Robinson and to some other people. We’re looking to see if we can do things together, better than we could do them separately.
“There is nothing done yet, and it’s too early to talk about details.”
Last year, Reed Sorenson, a 10-year Sprint Cup veteran, ran his first full Cup campaign since 2009 in the TBR No. 36 car. His best finish was a 14th in the Chase race at Talladega.
Michael Annett competed for 2014 Cup rookie of the year honors in TBR’s No. 7 car with backing from Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops. His best finish also came at ‘Dega, a 16th-place result in the spring race there.
Both he and Sorenson finished outside of the Top 30 in the points.
“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.
“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”
The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).
“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.
“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”
“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”
Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:
Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).