For the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Ryan Blaney is actively involved in the search for his crew chief.

Well, just this week, [Todd] Gordon announced he will retire from his crew-chief role at the conclusion of the 2021 schedule, and Blaney is already searching for his next play-caller.

“I appreciate Mr. Penske letting me have a big say in it,” Blaney said Saturday after the NASCAR Cup Series‘ lone practice at Road America. “I think that‘s the right thing to do, is really have everybody talk it out and try to figure out the right person for the job. Whether he‘s internal or external, we have options. At least people we think can do it. Hopefully, they want to do it.”

“It kind of stunk that I didn‘t really get a full season of practice or qualifying to work with Todd,” Blaney said. “Because those first four races in 2020, we were spectacular and we had time to work with each other and really understand our cars. And then that was kind of taken away, unfortunately (due to COVID-19).”

NASCAR.com

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