Last week Labonte was supposed to start in Phoenix Racing's No. 51 Chevrolet but could not due to the injury. This week he was scheduled to drive in his normal 2013 ride in the No. 47 JTG/Daugherty Racing Toyota. AJ Allmendinger, who will drive the No. 47 full-time in 2014 and has driven the car in place of Labonte already on four occasions in 2013 will drive for the team this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
Labonte plans to be ready to return next week for the race at Chicagoland Speedway.
“I am feeling a lot better, but I don’t want to put the race team in any compromising position this weekend,” Labonte said in a release. “It just makes more sense to focus on my rehab one more week to ensure that I’m ready to go at Chicago with no issues. I plan to be back with the team then and back behind the wheel.”
In other news surrounding the No. 47 team, they are trying to decide if they will stay with Toyota in 2014 or switch to Chevrolet.
"We'd like nothing more than to have a relationship opportunity with Toyota," co-owner Brad Daugherty said. "But as we look at our entire program, we're looking at every aspect of it and trying to see what will benefit us. We're going to be selfish with that as we get into next year to see what gives us the best opportunity to be competitive. We haven't decided that 100 percent. Right now we're committed to Toyota to get through this season and give them our best effort. Hopefully, they will as well. We expect them to and they have."
Rumors have flown that JTG/Daugherty Racing could align with Richard Childress Racing in the Chevrolet camp much the same way Furniture Row Racing has done as a single-car team.
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