Sprint Cup drivers looking for work sometimes have a choice: Sit on the sidelines and wait for something they know is competitive or try to help a new or struggling team get back on its feet.
When Scott Riggs was trying to decide how he would start 2009, he looked at all of his options. And he feels driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2009 is much better than sitting on the sideline.
Baldwin, who has been a Cup crew chief on and off for 12 years between stints as a Nationwide team owner and a Cup team competition director, will be the crew chief as well as the co-owner of the new team.
Most recently the crew chief and competition director at Bill Davis Racing until that team was bought during the offseason, Baldwin has bought cars and has decided to field how own Sprint Cup team. He has hired Riggs to drive for it.
"We have all the pieces and parts we need," said the 38-year-old Riggs, who has driven Cup cars since 2004. "From my standpoint, I look forward to it. I go into this season with the most experienced crew chief I have ever worked with, so how can that be a negative for me? It's all positive."
Riggs said he has spent the last few weeks talking to sponsors, which likely would be a key to a team's success on the track. The first big hurdle in competition will be making the Daytona 500 because the team does not have points to fall back on.