Michael Waltrip’s team went from three cars to just two cars after sponsorship for the No. 56 Toyota was lost at the end of the 2013 season.
Once an organization on the way up, this year MWR has been hidden in the pack during Sprint Cup Series weekends.
“I don’t think the cut to two teams hurt us at all,” Waltrip said during a stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week. “We were prepared for that. There were just a lot that went on during the offseason with the no ride-height rule. That was a really difficult engineering process to get your arms around.”
It is not just Waltrip’s team who has had struggles. Another Toyota team in Joe Gibbs Racing has also struggled this season. JGR’s struggles are most evident by Matt Kenseth’s inability to get to victory lane following a series high seven wins last year. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have both won races for JGR this year.
Future for Marcos Ambrose?
Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose has still not announced his plans for the 2015 season.
A two-time Cup Series winner at Watkins Glen, Ambrose is expecting to compete for the checkered flag in Sunday’s running of the Cheez-It 355.
While he has been signed to race for Richard Petty Motorsports the last handful of seasons the Australian’s contract is up at the end of this year and some believe he may return home.
Ambrose is not about to spend anytime talking about his future. Instead he is choosing to focus on this weekends race.
“I absolutely haven’t even thought about that. We have a big week this week trying to make the Chase for the #9 team and that is all I am focused on.”