A Legacy of Success

Headed by Joe Garone, former Director of NASCAR's Research and Development facilities and Head of Officiating.

Unique in the Racing Industry

The only NASCAR Sprint Cup team west of the Mississippi, located in the heart of beautiful Denver, CO.

More Under the Hood

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) builds the NSCS engines for Joe Gibbs Racing and Furniture Row Racing at its facility in Costa Mesa, CA. TRD also provides technical assistance to its race teams, including chassis engineering support at its facility in Salisbury, NC.

Not Your Daddy's Garage

- 35,000 sq. foot facility
- State of the art Seven-Post Testing Machine

Furniture Row Racing Darlington 2011 Win Trophy
Martin Truex Driver #78

Martin Truex Jr

Driver #78

Martin Truex Driver #78

Martin Truex Jr

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Jun 29, 1980
Mayetta, NJ
Mooresville, NC
5'11"
Fishing, hunting, building/racing radio control boats, riding four-wheelers

Martin Truex Jr.'s love of racing began on the go-kart tracks of his childhood, and has stuck with him since. He began his NASCAR Racing career in 2004 with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. leaving for Michael Walttrip racing in 2010, most recently joining Furniture Row Racing as driver of car #78 for the 2014 Season.

With a career marked by success, he consistently has beaten and exceeded his personal bests. Beginning with his back-to-back 2004 and 2005 wins of the Nationwide Series Championships, Truex Jr. has claimed 13 other Nationwide Series races throughout. He won pole for the Daytona 500 in 2009, finished 6th in the Daytona 500 in 2010 with Michael Waltrip Racing, and in 2011, won poll for the fourth consecutive season at Texas. In 2012, Truex Jr. tied his personal best ranking 11th in series points, and in 2013 he announced his switch to Furniture Row Racing after matching his career-high of seven top-five finishes in a series.

Throughout his racing career, Truex has been a standout for his talent behind the wheel, but has also garnered praise for the person he is off the track. He was named the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver for the 2004-2005 season, and in 2007 founded the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. "Hooked on helping", the foundation has raised over $1 million dollars for the advancement of underprivileged children in need, and continues to make a positive impact in the community each year.
Cole Pearn Crew Chief #78

Cole Pearn

#78 Crew Chief

Cole Pearn Crew Chief #78

Cole Pearn

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Oct. 13, 1982
Denver, CO.
Carrie
Callum, Freya

After multiple years as the lead race engineer for Furniture Row Racing, Cole Pearn was named crew chief of the No. 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team following the 2014 season.

Pearn joined the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing at the start of the 2010 season and led the engineering staff through the middle of the 2011 campaign. He returned to the single-car team a year later after a brief stint with JTG Daugherty Racing.

Pearn's talents were instrumental in leading Furniture Row's No. 78 Chevrolet to its first Cup victory -- 2011 Southern Nationals in Darlington, S.C. and to a Chase playoff berth in 2013.

Prior to joining Furniture Row Racing, Pearn worked two seasons (2008 & 2009) at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as an engineer for Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet.

Pearn, an avid Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan who hails from London, Ontario, has been involved in auto racing since his early childhood while being raised in the Canadian province.

His father (Ron) was a super late model racer in Canada, and Cole flashed his talents early by winning three national Canadian go-kart championships.

Cole later drove in the CASCAR Super Series (now known as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) from 2001-2003 and also drove late models from 2004 – 2007.

After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the prestigious University of Waterloo in London, Ont. (April, 2006), Pearn worked with Toyota Manufacturing Canada before heading south to North Carolina in late 2007 to join the RCR engineering team.

Pearn says it was strictly racing that motivated him to enroll at the University of Waterloo. "The main reason I went to college was to learn more about engineering so I could become a better racer."
Joe Garone President

Joe Garone

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Joe Garone President

Joe Garone

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July 17, 1960
Denver, Colorado
Leann
Daughters - Ashlie, Jordan, Carey
A native of Denver, Colorado, Joe Garone turned his first wrench in his father's garage when he was only three-years old.

Garone grew up in a racing family where both his parents raced around the local Colorado circuits. His dad raced for years in the Modified Series, and his mom took home several Powder Puff Championships over the years. He, too, raced around the local Colorado circuits for several years while running his father's garage, before going full-time into professional motorsports in 1989.

In 1989, Garone took over as the crew chief for driver Rick Carelli in NASCAR's Southwest and Winston West Tours and the Craftsman Truck Series. After six years with Carelli and hundreds of victories, Garone joined Bill Elliott Racing in 1995 as a suspension specialist and moved up to crew chief for the 1998 season. During his four years with Elliott, the team had 35 top 10 finishes; in 1997, it won the Union 76 World Pit Crew Competition with a time of 20.870 seconds, beating out Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.

In 1999, he helped form a new team with PPI Motorsports, where he worked as a program manager and crew chief for the team's two-car Winston Cup effort, which included the No. 32 Tide Ford and the No. 96 McDonald's Ford.

From 2001 through 2003, Garone worked directly for NASCAR. He initially was responsible for building, staffing and running NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Hickory, North Carolina and then moved on to become NASCAR's director of officiating.

After spending a year as the director of competition for Michael Waltrip in 2004, Garone moved to Denver, Colorado where he accepted the position as crew chief for Furniture Row Racing. For two years Garone has been juggling the dual role as both crew chief and manager. In 2007, he was promoted to general manager for Furniture Row Racing and will focus his efforts on overseeing team operations in the various departments, acting as the liaison between Furniture Row Racing and its partners, and continue to support the growth and development of the entire program.

He currently resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and their three children.
Pete Rondeau Competition Chief

Pete Rondeau

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Pete Rondeau Competition Chief

Pete Rondeau

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Nov. 5, 1965
Denver, Colorado
Carrie
Seth, Alec

Pete Rondeau joined Furniture Row Racing following the 2009 season as the team's car chief. He was promoted to crew chief in May of 2010, prior to the Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and later made the team competition chief.

A native of New England, Rondeau grew up in Saco, Maine, approximately 90-miles north from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Prior to joining Furniture Row Racing, Rondeau worked at Evernham Motorsports where he served as the team's director of research and development from July 2005 to the end of the 2009 season.

He also worked at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) from 2001 to May 2005 and Jasper Motorsports from 1998-2001. During his three-plus years at DEI, Rondeau's positions included the crew chief role for both Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Rondeau has also had experience behind the wheel of a race car. Before he traveled south to North Carolina in 1998 to work in NASCAR, he raced for many years on the New England short tracks, including super late model cars in the American Canadian Tour. He also drove in NASCAR's Pro Series East and the Whelen Modified Tour Series.

Rondeau directed Furniture Row Racing and driver Regan Smith to career seasons in 2011, capturing one win, two top-fives and five top-10s. A strategic pit call by Rondeau during the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May lifted Smith and the Denver, Colo.-based team to their first NASCAR victory.
Erik Jones Driver #77

Erik Jones

Driver #77

Erik Jones Driver #77

Erik Jones

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May 30, 1996
Cornelius, N.C.
It's been a quick rise to the apex of stock car competition for Erik Jones, who is in his maiden season in the NASCAR Cup Series as the driver of the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY® Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing.

The Byron, Mich., native, who will contend for the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013. After two years of running a part-time schedule, Jones ran the full season in the 2015 truck series.  

In his first full season -  at the age of 19 -- he captured the 2015 Camping World Truck Series championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports, scoring three victories and 20 top-10 finishes. He became the youngest ever truck series champion (19 years, five months, 21 days) and was also was named the series Rookie of the Year.

It was also in 2015 that Jones got his first taste of NASCAR Cup Series competition with Joe Gibbs Racing. He was a relief driver for Denny Hamlin at Bristol Motor Speedway in April, subbed for the injured Kyle Busch at Kansas Speedway in May, and filled in for Matt Kenseth at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway in November.

Jones' move to the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016 was a great success. He went into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as one of four drivers with a chance to win the championship. He ultimately missed out on the opportunity but his four victories and 20 top-10 finishes earned him fourth place in the season's final point standings as well as Rookie of the Year honors.

Furniture Row Racing announced in August 2016 that Jones would join the Denver, Colo.-based team in 2017 as a teammate to Martin Truex Jr., who drives the No. 78 Toyota. 

Jones started racing quarter-midgets and age seven and moved into the stock car ranks at age 13. He displayed his talents early, winning the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race in Pensacola, Fla., in 2012 and repeated the feat in 2013, becoming just the third driver in nearly 50 years to win the Derby in consecutive years. His victory in the 2013 Winchester (Ind.) 400 Super Late Model race made him just the sixth driver to win both that race and the Snowball Derby.
Chris Gayle Crew Chief #77

Chris Gayle

Crew Chief #77

Chris Gayle Crew Chief #77

Chris Gayle

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Sept. 28, 1975
Golden, Colo.
Brandi
Cora
Chris Gayle grew up in Arkansas working on dirt modified and late model race cars, turning what were first just dreams into a goal of becoming a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief.

Gayle took the next step of that lifelong dream in September 2016 when Furniture Row Racing named him crew chief for the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry team with driver Erik Jones in the NASCAR Cup Series.

He joined the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing team after four seasons as a NASCAR XFINITY Series crew chief with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), primarily with Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler. He earned 20 victories, 91 top-10 finishes and 17 pole positions in 132 races calling the shots from atop the pit box. In two full seasons with Sadler, 2013-2014, the team finished fourth and third, respectively, in the season's final point standings.

Gayle was also crew chief for eight of the 23 XFINITY Series races Jones ran in 2015 so the two had already established a relationship coming into the 2017 season. The collaboration was brief but successful: one victory (Chicagoland Speedway), three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

The Little Rock, Ark., native was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas in 1999 when he decided to pull up stakes for North Carolina. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and also found work in the stock car racing industry.

He graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and later that year accepted a shock specialist position with Joe Gibbs Racing. He spent the first half of 2004 as an engineer in the XFINITY Series before taking over the same position for Bobby Labonte's No. 18 NASCAR Cup Series program.

He remained a Joe Gibbs Racing engineer through 2012 before being named an XFINITY Series crew chief for Sadler's team in 2013.

Gayle likes to spend time outdoors with his wife and young daughter, as well as hiking, mountain bike riding and, now that he's a Colorado resident, learning how to snow ski.