Who Will Be the Crew Chief for Christopher Bell at Joe Gibbs Racing?

Published 08/12/2020, 9:12 AM EDT


Christopher Bell will race for Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. He is set to drive the No. 20 car for JGR, left vacant in the wake of Erik Jones’ departure.

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Bell was without a team after his current side Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced the sale of its charter after the current season.

While Christopher Bell is all set with a new team and a new car, there is still no surety on who his Crew Chief for the No. 20 car will be at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Christopher Bell is unsure who new Crew Chief will be

Chris Gayle was Jones’ Crew Chief for the better part of his spell at JGR. Meanwhile, Bell partnered quite successfully with veteran Crew Chief Jason Ratcliff for the last three seasons.

Their time together includes the current Cup Series season with Leavine Family Racing. Before that, they worked with Joe Gibbs Racing itself over the course of two NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons and won 15 races together.

Bell expressed his interest in continuing with Ratcliff but said that there has been no talk about it all with JGR.

We haven’t talked about it at all, so it’s really all up in the air right now, but obviously, Jason’s been a huge part of my NASCAR career,Bell expressed.

Ever since I got out of trucks, he’s been I guess my team leader, so I would love to continue the relationship with him, but we haven’t talked about it at all, so I don’t really think anybody knows exactly what’s going to happen yet,” he added.

JGR the only place for me, says Bell

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Bell went on to say that Joe Gibbs Racing was his preferred choice, the moment Leavine Family Racing shut down. But he did not expect to make the cut, as he thought JGR already had a full team.

“I knew that once LFR shut down there was only one place for me to go, and the 20 car has obviously got a great driver in it right now, so how’s that going to work? How am I going to be able to go to JGR when they’re full?” Bell said.

So, unfortunately, my homecoming was at the expense of another driver, so it’s very unfortunate, but I’m grateful for the opportunity,” he added.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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