Is Furniture Row Racing open to adding a second Sprint Cup team?
Furniture Row Racing is enjoying its most successful start to a season in the 10-year history of the organization.
Driver Martin Truex Jr. has piloted the No. 78 Chevrolet to 10 top-10 finishes in the first 11 races of the year, and sits second in driver standings heading into Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
What makes Truex’s 2015 results even more impressive? They have come with a single-car operation based in Denver, Colorado.
However, Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone says that may change.
"Long-term, we’re constantly looking for sponsorships to come on the 78 with Furniture Row and also to start a second team down the road to help support the overall effort," Garone told FOXSports.com Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A single-car team for the entirety of its existence, Furniture Row Racing has finally started to see success under that setup. However, Garone believes if funding was found, there would be few reservations about expanding to a second car.
"Being a single-car for so long and now feeling like we’re getting it to work really well, you feel like now is the time to go ahead and look at bringing something else on," Garone said. "You feel like you don’t have to go through all the learning processes that you go through building a single-car team; you’ve kind of gone through that.
"We look forward to going through that process. Again, it all comes down to raising the money," he said.
While FRR is a single-car team, the organization has a "critical" relationship with Richard Childress Racing that works "very, very well," according to Garone. The team is hoping if it is able to expand to a two-car operation, RCR would help in that process.
"They have already expressed they could support a second effort with engines and technical support," Garone said. "Everything’s in place to do it; we just have to find the funding."
Another key part of the equation would be finding a driver. Garone said the team is not that far along in the process and needs to focus on finding the funding before searching for drivers.
"Generally in that process there are companies that have their eye on a driver and the team has an eye on a driver and you kind of combine that together," he said. "When that bridge is crossed, we’ll figure it out then."
With Barney Visser owning both the team and the sponsor, the organization has been able to field the No. 78 without an additional major primary sponsor, but Garone says doing that for a second driver would be a challenge.