11 days after JR Motorsports parted ways with Tony Eury, Sr., the directory of competition and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s uncle, the organization has Tony Eury, Jr. has been released from his role as crew chief for the No. 7 NASCAR Nationwide Series car of Danica Patrick.
Patrick is currently 11th in the overall Nationwide standings following her 12th place finish on Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway.
“Unfortunately Tony Jr. is no longer with the company,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we’ve discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome. I love him like a brother, and you’ll never hear me say a bad thing about him. I know he’ll have much success in anything he does going forward.”
The decision to let Eury go has many wondering if the problem really is Danica Patrick and JR Motorsports is just using the Eury’s as a scapegoat.
Tony Eury, Jr. told Nate Ryan of USA Today in June that Patrick “needed to start being more aggressive and earning the respect of fellow drivers on the track.”
Since Patrick has taken the lead to NASCAR from IndyCar, she has made 51 starts. Within those starts, she has one top five and five top-10 finishes. In her first full-time season, her best finish is eighth at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Has the big leap from IndyCar to NASCAR to much on Patrick?
The last time JR Motorsports won a race in the Nationwide series was September 4th, 2010 when Jamie McMurray drove for the organization at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
With Eury out at JR Motorsports asap, the question is now who will be the next victim, I mean crew chief for Patrick. It looks like Ryan Pemberton, who was hired last week by the organization to take over as competition director, will be on top of the box on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. However, Earnhardt has said no decision has been made.
Guess we will wait and see how the new crew chief is with Patrick.