Richard Childress Racing settles lawsuit with Matt McCall, Jamie McMurray’s new crew chief


Matt McCall and Richard Childress Racing have reached a settlement in their dispute about McCall leaving RCR to become Jamie McMurray’s crew chief.

According to a report by Bob Pockrass of, the two sides reached agreement thus avoiding the next scheduled hearing date, Feb. 10 in North Carolina Superior Court, which would have been three days before Speedweeks begins at Daytona International Speedway.

RCR sought a temporary injunction prohibiting McCall from assuming the role of McMurray’s crew chief with Chip Ganassi Racing. McCall left RCR at the end of the 2014 season.

RCR contended McCall violated terms of his existing contract with the company, as well as potentially took proprietary information from RCR.

McCall served as lead engineer on series runner-up Ryan Newman’s team last season.

RCR claimed that even though he didn’t have the title, many of McCall’s duties as lead engineer on Newman’s team were similar to those of a crew chief. McCall had contended was not the case.

The two sides indicated in a Jan. 16 filing with the court that they were closing in on a settlement, which was reached recently.

“Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing have reached an agreement pursuant to which Mathew McCall will remain the crew chief for Ganassi’s No. 1 Sprint Cup team,” a RCR statement said. “Both organizations believe it is important for NASCAR teams to work together to honor and protect their respective proprietary and trade secret technologies, as well as one another’s contractual commitments.

“The terms of the settlement are designed to further that objective. The remaining terms of the agreement shall remain confidential.”

McCall expressed satisfaction with the settlement during last week’s NASCAR media tour.

“It’s all behind us and we’re moving forward,” he said.

McCall had one more year remaining on his contract with RCR through 2015. But he left RCR to go to CGR, contending the new job as a crew chief was not “identical or similar to” his engineer role at RCR and did not violate the non-compete clause in his contract.

A North Carolina Superior Court judge originally ruled against RCR late last month.

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McCall said in his lawsuit that he made $115,000 plus bonuses/incentives as a lead engineer at RCR.

As a crew chief at CGR, McCall told the court he would be making three times his RCR salary, another argument he cited in claiming there indeed was a significant distinction between the duties of his former job and his new job.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.



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