A week after announcing a new agreement with sponsor Nikko RC/Toy State, Tommy Baldwin Racing has restructured the organization ahead of the 2016 NASCARS Sprint Cup season.
The single-car operation that fields the No. 7 Chevrolet for Alex Bowman has brought on new members from Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing with the hopes of building the program to the next level.
Francois "Frankie" Bergeron will serve as the team's Fabrication Shop Manager. Bergeron joins TBR from JGR, where he served in the same role, overseeing the building of the cars.
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Chad Walter will lead the single-car organization's race engineering team, joining TBR from the now defunct MWR. Walter will work closely with Ed Nathman, who has been named Simulation and Vehicle Dynamics Manager.
In addition, Mike Brill will serve as car chief on Bowman's No. 7 Chevrolet, taking over for Ken Davis. Brill joins the team from RCR, while Davis will work as a chassis specialist and mechanic at the shop.
The team also recently overhauled the team's body-building shop, and hopes the addition of former MWR employees Doug Trader and Brent Patzack will help the overall program.
Last season, Bowman and the No. 7 TBR team finished the season 33rd in the season standings, with his best finish (16th) coming at Talladega Superspeedway in May. Team owner Tommy Baldwin hopes the restructuring of the organization will lead to better results during the 2016 season.
"This is probably the most excited about a season than we've ever been," said Baldwin. "I feel that we've put together a team capable of bringing us to the next level of competition. This business is all about the people and I think we've assembled some of the best."