Bobby Labonte’s journey behind the wheel of the No. 47 Toyota with JTG Daugherty Racing comes to a close at Phoenix International Raceway. AJ Allmendinger will take over next weekend at Homestead, and full-time in 2014.
“The last two years the team went out on their own,” Labonte said. “It was without support from being a part of a big organization and that has been tough. The choice they made to go out on their own I supported. They needed to go in that direction. The battle was still to get the team in position to go forward. We went through the trenches together to get there. At the end of the day, I was a part of the puzzle where I got to help put the pieces together where the puzzle did not fall apart. I always woke up everyday and put my best foot forward.”
The No. 47 Toyota will carry a special Clorox / Wounded Warrior Project scheme this weekend at Phoenix.
“I think Wounded Warrior Project is a great organization and we are grateful to have them on our Toyota and help raise more awareness,” Labonte said. “It is a great program to help out young men and women that fight for our freedom in a battle where things happen and their lives are changed forever. It is good to have someone to help them through the tough times.”
The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has one pole award, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes and has led 68 laps in 29 starts at Phoenix. His average start is 23.034 and his average finish is 18.448.