JTG Daugherty Racing announced today that 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte will take the reins as driver of the No. 47 Toyota Camry for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 36-race schedule.
“JTG Daugherty Racing is a solid race team that has come close to winning races with Marcos Ambrose and I’m looking forward to developing our new partnership in 2011,” Labonte said. “The team is thriving and their technical alliance with MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) is intact. It’s great to have next year already set in stone so when this season ends we can begin focusing on next year right away. Everything is in place and we have all the right ingredients to win races together.
This ride arguably puts Labonte in the best equipment that he's been in since leaving Joe Gibbs Racing. It remains to be seen if the 46 year old still has any of the magic left that made him a Sprint Cup champion, but given that JTG Daugherty will be Labonte's sixth team in the past four seasons, I lean towards "no."