"I was around Jeff briefly at RFR and always admired and liked him,” said Blickensderfer. “He's a very talented driver and I look forward to working him and the rest of the #31 team in 2012."
Burton started 2011 with Todd Berrier as his crew chief, but Berrier was released in July and Luke Lambert took over for the remainder of the season on an interim basis until a long term appointment could be made.
"Drew is a strong leader and will be a great complement to the [team]," said Richard Childress. "He's won some big races, including the 2009 Daytona 500, his first race as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief. There's every reason to believe the combination of Jeff and Drew will be a successful one."
RCR had earlier announced that Kevin Harvick's crew chief Gil Martin
was to be replaced by Shane Wilson, but the team's third driver Paul Menard will retain his existing crew chief, Slugger Labbe, for 2012.