Written by Bobby Bennett.

A representative from Rapisarda Racing contacted CompetitionPlus.com this morning to confirm crew chief Lee Beard has resigned from the team. The statement said the resignation  came unexpectedly. The resignation is not expected to affect the status of driver Larry Dixon, who will continue to drive. Rumors suggest Beard could be headed to Steve Torrence's CAPCO Top Fuel team but there is no confirmation from the parties involved supporting this claim.

Beard confirmed today in a statement to CompetitionPlus.com that he had indeed resigned his position.

"This was a business decision based on what's best for Lee Beard," Beard said. "I worked very hard on the Rapisarda operation to upgrade its cleanliness , organization, appearance and performance. It was a tough decision."

We'll have more on this story as it unfolds.


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