Addington out as Tony Stewart’s crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing

Steve Addington became Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2011. (Getty Images)
Steve Addington became Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2011. (Getty Images)
Steve Addington became Tony Stewart’s crew chief in 2011. (Getty Images)

Stewart-Haas Racing announced a reorganization Tuesday. The team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart made the changes as it moves to four teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2014.

In an emailed press release, the team said Greg Zipadelli was named vice president of competition where he will manage all four Sprint Cup teams, with each crew chief reporting to him. Matt Borland was named vice president of engineering. The team said in this role, Borland would oversee all of the team’s technical initiatives and various research and development projects. He will also transition from being an active crew chief to that of a mentor, specifically for the crew chief position on the No. 41 team of driver Kurt Busch. Daniel Knost has also been promoted from race engineer on the No. 39 team to crew chief for the No. 41.

Chad Johnston was named crew chief for the No. 14 team of three-time of driver Tony Stewart. Johnston comes to SHR from Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) where since June 2011 he was the crew chief for the No. 56 team and driver Martin Truex Jr. Johnston joined MWR in 2010 as a race engineer. Johnston replaces Steve Addington, who the team said has left SHR to pursue other opportunities. MORE>>>

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