Tommy Baldwin Racing announced today that Kevin Manion would crew chief for Michael Annett in 2014.
“Our original plan was for me to be the crew chief, but when the opportunity to hire Bono came along, it’s the right fit that will allow me to step back from doing both,” Baldwin said. “I can concentrate more on making our business and competition relationships stronger. I can take a look from the top of hill rather than in the trenches.”
Manion worked at Chip Ganassi Racing over the past couple of years with Jamie McMurray, before working with Martin Truex Jr. before that.
“I’m excited to be on board with TBR and to be back with Tommy,” Manion said. “Our careers have taken us on different paths throughout the years and we’ve created our own successes, but it’s great to be reunited and come full circle. Everyone on the team seems to have so much passion and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
The partnership for Manion and Baldwin marks a reunion of sorts as the pair worked together in the modified days. The pair worked in the northeast on modifeds before moving to North Carolina in 1995. Baldwin said then he'd be a car owner one day; Manion says this is the deal coming full circle.
"We moved here together; it's only fitting that we should end up working together," Manion told FOXSports.com.
Michael Annett enters his rookie Cup season after scoring four top 10s in 25 races last season in the Nationwide Series with Richard Petty Motorsports.
“I’m excited to have Bono as my crew chief,” Annett said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and winning resume with him to TBR. I have a great amount of respect and friendship with Bono and can’t wait to get to Daytona and kick off the 2014 season with him. Bono being hired by TBR is a great testament of Tommy’s leadership ability and surrounding this company with the talent Bono brings to the team. We have some great things ahead of us and I’m excited where this organization is headed. I am grateful to have Pilot Flying J, and all our TBR partners support and on board for my rookie season in the Sprint Cup season.”