Furniture Row Racing has Regan Smith on board as its driver for 12 Sprint Cup races. It hopes that there could be more than 12 races on Smithâ€™s schedule.
The team is looking for funding to see if it can increase the number of events.
â€śWeâ€™re working hard at it,â€ť Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said. â€śOur intent is to fully fund the 78 and run a full schedule.â€ť
Garone would like that to be with Smith, who won the Cup rookie title last year and nearly won the race at Talladega Superspeedway last October.
â€śHe wants to win races," said Garone, whose team is entering its fourth Cup season. "Heâ€™s fired up. Heâ€™s early in his career and he has a lot to prove. Heâ€™s really hungry. Heâ€™s a great spokesperson and I like the way he carries himself. Heâ€™s a really good fit for us.â€ť
The team will compete in both races at Daytona, Talladega, Dover, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Richmond (in September) and both road-course events. Smith picked the 12 races, Garone said.
â€śWe talked about it and thatâ€™s where he wants to go,â€ť Garone said.
The team will do extensive testing and will still lease engines from Hendrick Motorsports. And Garone wonâ€™t sacrifice planned tests in order to go run more races unless the funding comes his way.
â€śHaving the time by running only 12 races to do plenty of testing and just learning, I think is an advantage,â€ť Garone said. â€śYouâ€™re not at the race track every single week. It gives us time to step back and test.â€ť - scenedaily.com
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