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Rondeau moves to competition director

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Pete Rondeau has taken on a new role with Furniture Row.
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Furniture Row Racing has moved Pete Rondeau into the position of competition director for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

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Rondeau, who joined the team in 2010 as car chief, has since served as a crew chief for the No. 78 entry until July of 2012.

According to a team release, Rondeau will now be the "point person at the Denver race shop with the building and preparation of the team’s No. 78 Chevrolets which will be driven by former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch."

Rondeau will report to Mark McArdle, Furniture Row Racing’s executive director of competition, who also serves as director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing. Furniture Row Racing and RCR are partners with a technical and engineering alliance.

“Since joining Furniture Row Racing, Pete has played a significant role with team development,” general manager Joe Garone said. “His transition to the competition director position is having a positive impact in our continuing effort to strengthen our overall program.”

Rondeau grew up in Saco, Maine, approximately 90 miles north of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Prior to joining Furniture Row Racing, Rondeau worked at Evernham Motorsports, where he served as the team's director of research and development from July 2005 to the end of the 2009 season.

He also worked at Dale Earnhardt Inc. from 2001 to May 2005 and Jasper Motorsports from 1998-2001. During his three-plus years at DEI, Rondeau's positions included the crew chief role for both Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Before he traveled south to North Carolina in 1998 to work in NASCAR, Rondeau raced for many years on the New England short tracks, including Super Late Models in the American Canadian Tour. He also drove in NASCAR’s Pro Series East and the Whelen Modified Tour Series.

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