Furniture Row Racing Moves On
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 9, 2016 | 3:30 P.M. EST
Pearn was on hand for this week's two-day Goodyear tire test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
The team had originally planned to appeal the penalties assessed by NASCAR for a roof flap violation found in pre-qualifying inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The penalty included a one-race suspension for crew chief Cole Pearn. By appealing Pearn was able to participate in last weekend’s activities at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
But on Tuesday the team decided to drop the appeal and accept all penalties including Pearn’s suspension, which he’ll serve during this weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway. Todd Berrier has been tabbed to help call Sunday's race from the pit box for Pearn, who was on hand for this week's two-day Goodyear tire test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Driver Martin Truex Jr. is comfortable with the decision and does not believe the team will be hurt in any way.
“I think we've got a good plan,” he said in the CMS Media Center on Wednesday. “It's just a little bump in the road. We've got a really strong team and...we are prepared for this weekend not having Cole in the garage or on the pit box on Sunday. I really appreciate Todd offering to help us out and call the race on Sunday."
"I know that Todd's not the crew chief this weekend. He’s not labeled as the crew chief. He's going to help us call the race and sit on the box and make sure everything is going smoothly. Kind of be the middle guy between Cole and the rest of the guys I guess. They can talk on the computer and chat and all that stuff. Technically, I guess he's not the crew chief so I’m not sure how much he'll be around our garage during the weekend or what’s going to happen with that.”
Truex Jr. thought it was vital for Pearn to be in Las Vegas last weekend and take part in the two open test sessions available to teams to dial in the new lower-downforce aerodynamic package.
"I thought it was important to have him there for a lot of reasons,” he said. “Obviously the test day and being that it's a mile and half that's pretty tricky. What we do there, the things we learn and work through and figure out there lead into California and paces like that."