Johnson Gets Gordon's Crew Chief

Jeff Gordon's Hendrick motorsport crew chief Robbie Loomis will jump ship to teammate Jimmie Johnson's car for the Chase for the Championship

After four-time champion Gordon was eliminated from the title running when he failed to make the Chase last weekend, renowned expert Loomis will now join Johnson's regular crew chief Chad Knaus in the number 48 pit to help Johnson's efforts to secure the crown.

Loomis is due to leave Hendrick Motorsports to rejoin Petty Enterprises at the end of the season, and the team are planning Gordon's future without Loomis. Steve Letarte, who had served under Loomis as car chief for Gordon's crew, will now assume the crew chief's role.

Loomis said he was focused on doing all he can to help the No. 48 team.
"We still have a job to do," said Loomis, who won the 2001 title with Gordon after coming to Hendrick from Petty Enterprises. "Our goal is winning that championship with Jimmie, Chad and the No. 48 team. I'm here to support them in any way I possibly can.

"Hendrick Motorsports opened my eyes to a whole different level of this industry. The experience has allowed me to see things from a new perspective and learn important lessons about business and life. I was with the Petty family for 11 years before being blessed to work with Jeff and the No. 24 team.

"Kyle and Richard are giving me an incredible opportunity to come home, back where I started my career, and I'm honoured and excited to do that."

Loomis' switch comes hot on the heels of Michael Waltrip's crew chief Tony Eury Jr similarly jumping ship and being announced as Dale Earnhardt Jr's crew chief for the final ten rounds.

Eury Jr will be Earnhardt Jr's crew chief in 2006, with Waltrip already announced as leaving the team next season.

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