Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle will have a new crew chief during the 2016 Sprint Cup Series.
A RFR spokesman confirmed Thursday afternoon to NASCAR Talk that veteran NASCAR crew chief Brian Pattie will serve as the crew chief of the No. 16 Ford for next season.
Pattie first revealed his new position Wednesday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Pattie said of teaming up with Biffle. “It’s definitely a guy that you can’t question how many times he’s won. He’s what, a 19-time race winner in the Cup series? He won a championship in (the Xfinity Series and Truck Series). The guy gets it done. I’m excited to be able to unload every week and know that we have a chance to win.”
Pattie replaces Matt Puccia, who was been Biffle’s crew chief since midway through the 2011 season. Puccia will remain with RFR and serve as the crew chief for Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., in the Xfinity Series in 2016.
Biffle was the highest-finishing driver in the three-team Roush Fenway Racing stable in the Sprint Cup Series, ending up 20th in 2015.
Pattie, who revealed he has already been working in his new capacity for the past week, was most recently crew chief for David Ragan at Michael Waltrip Racing. He previously was crew chief for Clint Bowyer at MWR.
Biffle has struggled for the last two-plus seasons. He has not won in his last 93 Sprint Cup starts, dating back to the 15th race of the 2013 season (at Michigan International Speedway).
Biffle has recorded just three top-five finishes in the last two seasons (tied for a career-low), and had a career-low four top-10 finishes in 2015.
He failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2015, a year that he led just 40 laps, had just 20 lead lap finishes, had an average per-race start of 19.9 (second worst of his Sprint Cup career) and an average finish of 20.0 (the worst of his career).
Biffle turns 46 on Dec. 23. He’s currently the oldest full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series and will enter the second year of a three-year contract in the 2016 season.
Rumors continue to swirl there may be additional crew chief changes in the Roush stable for 2016, but no other announcements have been made as yet.