The #33 car will be driven at other events by an assortment of drivers including Dakoda Armstrong, Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, and Tony Stewart.
Michael Waltrip Racing hires Tom German as CTO
Michael Waltrip Racing announced on Wednesday that it had hired former Penske Racing veteran Tom German as its new Chief Technology Officer for its NASCAR Sprint Cup operation.
Long-time MWR Technical Director Nick Hughes had previously informed the team that he wanted to return to his native Australia after five years in the post.
“This is such a bitter-sweet announcement for MWR,” said MWR founder and co-owner Michael Waltrip of the departure of Hughes and the arrival of German. "It is so rare that a person of Tom German's experience and education comes along, period. It is even more remarkable that he became available at the perfect time."
German had previously been employed by Roger Penske for 15 years and most recently had been technical director for Penske's NASCAR teams. he left in mid 2011 after a run in with the combustible Kurt Busch, who himself left the team in tempestuous circumstances at the end of the same season.
"The first thing that attracted me to MWR was the culture of its employees. It is truly striking at first,” said German. “After the first conversation it was obvious the ownership has committed to engineering excellence and that was the deciding factor. I can't wait to contribute to MWR's pursuit of a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship."