In continued fallout from the end of the Sept. 9 NASCAR race at Richmond, Michael Waltrip Racing announced the team will reorganize for the 2014 season.

The changes include scaling back to two full-time and one part-time entry next season. As a result, Martin Truex Jr. and Crew Chief Chad Johnson were notified they are free to look for employment next season. Team owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman joined SiriusXM Speedway and highlighted the impact on the organization.

“We know for sure that I’m going to run a third car in the Daytona 500 for MWR, and after that, we’ll just figure it out from there,” Waltrip said.

“The organization has about 15 percent of our workforce being downsized,” Kauffman added. “That’s approximately 40 people. We were able to preserve jobs for about 85 percent, which I think is good news. Those cuts are really across the board, it’s not in one specific area […] hopefully we come out the other end a smaller but stronger organization.”

In related news, Michael Waltrip Racing also announced Monday that Brian Vickers will be out of the car for the rest of the season due to ongoing health issues. Waltrip was already schedule to race this weekend at Talladega, and a replacement for the rest of the season will be announced at a later date. Vickers said he’s confident he’ll be ready to return to the car in 2014.

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