Contract Status: Driver: 2014; Primary Sponsor: 201?
New sponsor on the #95: The #95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red, white and blue colors this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, where the Triangle Office Equipment logo will adorn the hood and quarter panels of the car. Triangle Office Equipment is a family owned company based in Chapel Hill, NC, that offers a full line of office furniture and architectural products. Triangle Office Equipment furniture is in the Leavine Family Racing front office and throughout the team facilities.(Leavine Family Racing)(3-28-2014)
Kenseth suggests satellite teams helping Penske: #95-Michael McDowell calls #20-Matt Kenseth's suggestion that McDowell has tested for Team Penske's benefit a matter of "sour grapes." Kenseth raised the issue after qualifying Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway when asked about Penske's success this season. Penske drivers #2-Brad Keselowski and #22-Joey Logano have started no worse than the second row in the last three races and Keselowski swept last week's Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Las Vegas. Kenseth pointed to McDowell and Leavine Family Racing with helping Keselowski and Logano. "Without opening a can of worms, it's my understanding that they (Team Penske) got to do a lot of testing - I think they've been to all three tracks with their 'satellite teams' - Michael McDowell and cars like that I think in the Penske trailer," Kenseth said.
Leavine Family Racing, a Ford team, purchases chassis and parts from Team Penske. That's a new arrangement. Leavine Family Racing bought its cars from Roush Fenway Racing the past three years. McDowell and Leavine Family Racing have used two of their four allotted tests at Cup tracks at Phoenix and Bristol this season. "What was he really suggesting or saying that somebody had an unfair advantage?'' car owner Bob Leavine said of Kenseth. "They could go out and do what they want to do."
McDowell noted the relationship between Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing for Toyota. "This sport, the way it is, as fast as it is developing, you have to be aligned with a manufacturer that is working with all the teams," McDowell said. "The reality is there might be some sour grapes there because they haven't been able to align themselves with an organization that can help them to do some of those things like RCR, Hendrick and Stewart-Haas and all the other teams have."(Motor Racing Network)3-16-2014)
McDowell attempting 150th race: Michael McDowell, who will run the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford this weekend at Bristol, will attempt to make his 150th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.(NASCAR)(3-12-2014)
WRL General Contractors on the #95: The WRL General Contractors logo will adorn the hood this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Team owner Bob Leavine is also the owner of WRL General Contractors Ltd., which has been in operation for more than over 35 years. WRL General Contractors Ltd. work includes the construction of commercial, institutional, and industrial projects.(Leaving Family Racing)(3-6-2014)
Drivers test at Bristol: According to MRN's Dustin Long, drivers #13-Casey Mears, #32-Travis Kvapil, and #95-Michael McDowell tested at Bristol Motor Speedway on Tuesday. What as planned as a two day test was condensed down to one day because of weather.(2-26-2014)
Phoenix International Raceway 50th anniversary logo on the #95: Phoenix International Raceway will team with local driver Michael McDowell to kick off the race track's 50th anniversary in true NASCAR style with a sponsorship of McDowell's car, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced. PIR's 50th anniversary logo will adorn McDowell's #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion during The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 2. "Growing up in Phoenix, PIR has always held a special place in my heart," McDowell said. "To be able to play a role in celebrating the track's 50th anniversary is a tremendous honor and is something I'll always remember." The logo will be prominently featured on the left and right rear quarter panels of the car, providing tremendous visibility. "We are thrilled to be able to support Michael McDowell this year and tie in our 50th anniversary," Sperber said. "Having grown up here in the Valley, Michael and his family know how important PIR is to our community. To be able to support his NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign during our golden anniversary season is very exciting for us." McDowell, a Glendale native, is in his first year with Concord, N.C.-based Leavine Family Racing and his seventh year of full-time competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Season tickets for 2014 are available by visiting PhoenixRaceway.com or calling 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(2-18-2014)
Wiley X Sponsoring 14 NASCAR Drivers: Wiley X, Inc. has announced its team of sponsored NASCAR drivers. Among the Wiley X Pro Racing Team this year are proven champions, racing legends, perennial fan favorites and up-and-coming stars. Among Wiley X's stable of sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are #20-Matt Kenseth, #99-Carl Edwards, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano and #16-Greg Biffle. These drivers have been selected not only for their racing skills, but for their ability to serve as ambassadors for the Wiley X sunglasses brand. Wiley X will also be sponsoring drivers Aric Almirola, Ron Hornaday Jr., Michael McDowell, Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek, David Ragan, Joey Coulter and Chad Hackenbracht. Fifteen-year-old racing protégé Gray Gaulding, who signed with Wiley X last year, is also an important part of the team. Wiley X is also the official sunglass of Roush Fenway Racing.(NSSN)(2-12-2014)
Leavine Family Racing signs Black Dragon Tools as Assoc Sponsor: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced a one-year partnership with Black Dragon Tools as a full-season associate sponsor of the #95 Ford driven by Michael McDowell in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Setting a new standard for automotive tools, Black Dragon Tools is sought out by professional mechanics and technicians around the globe. "At Black Dragon Tools, we take pride in being at the leading edge of industry innovation," Ben Thompson, founder and chief operations officer of Black Dragon Tools, said. "We could not be more proud to partner with Bob Leavine and Leavine Family Racing for 2014. Leavine has put together an amazing team. Michael McDowell is an exciting driver and crew chief Wally Rogers is an experienced and innovative racing veteran." Under the new partnership, Black Dragon Tools has already outfitted Leavine Family Racing's garage and pit box with their latest tools. The Concord, N.C.-based team will also use the company's electronic testers as well as other various hand tools at the team facilities and trackside.(Leavine Family Racing)(2-6-2014)
K-LOVE Joins Leavine Family Racing for Daytona 500: K-LOVE will sponsor Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) during the season-opening Daytona 500, the race team announced Monday during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. K-LOVE will be making its sponsorship premiere at Daytona with the Concord, N.C.-based team; the announcement has also revealed that K-LOVE will appear on the #95 Ford Fusion for a total of three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season as a primary sponsor, including the road course race at Sonoma Raceway and another race to be determined, and it will also serve as an associate sponsor throughout the season. "We are excited for the new season and our partnership with Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing," said K-LOVE chief creative officer David Pierce. "K-LOVE has supported Michael for five years and we appreciate his skills and his heart both on the track and off. Michael is always encouraging people in their life and we're excited to encourage his success again this year!"
While the race team continues to secure other sponsorships, team owner Bob Leavine is thrilled to be coming to the DAYTONA 500 with K-LOVE on board. "K-LOVE represents the values we have at LFR," Leavine said. "This is a partnership that is beneficial to everyone involved."(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(1-29-2014)
McDowell, Leavine Racing have sponsor: Leavine Family Racing is looking to make headway in 2014. The team enters its fourth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a new driver, Michael McDowell, and a renewed focus on ensuring strong qualifying sessions to make it into the 43-car Sprint Cup Series field in all 20 of its scheduled races this season. "I'm not even sure I'm allowed to say this, but I'm glad I don't have to start and park anymore," said McDowell. "We really need to find out what works best for us in qualifying and we'll get that figured out. But running 20 races will allow us to really manage our program and build to the future." As will its alignment with K-Love, a contemporary Christian music radio programming service that can be heard by over 12 million listeners over 440 FM stations and 47 states. K-Love will sponsor all 20 races for the #95 Ford this season. "To be able to have that kind of fan base and the values of their programming really speaks to me on a personal level," said McDowell. "Not only does it fit into my beliefs, but that connection is important to building existing and future partnerships, too."(Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour Notes)(1-28-2014)
Leavine Family Racing names furniture provider: Leavine Family Racing announced a partnership with Triangle Office Equipment, a family owned company based in Chapel Hill, NC, that offers a full line of office furniture and architectural products. The partnership will bring Triangle Office Equipment furniture and services into the Leavine Family Racing front office and throughout the team facilities, and will bring a completely new look to the Concord, N.C.-based facility. Triangle has been in business for over 45 years and this will be their first entry into the motorsports market.(Leavine Family Racing)(1-21-2014)
Sorenson to Make Phoenix a Springboard for 2014 Season: Sunday's AdvoCare 500 may be the final selected race of the 2013 racing season for #95 Leavine Family Racing (LFR), but the independent team considers the race at the Phoenix International Raceway their beginning of the 2014 campaign. Reed Sorenson will close out the season of the #95 Jetset Getset (JSGS) Ford in the 312-lap race in the Arizona desert. Jetset Getset, a teenage country music group, will adorn Sorenson's #95 Ford as an associate sponsor on the car's deck lid in celebration of their free song download. Jetset Getset is the official band of Leavine Family Racing. "It's our intention to create solid momentum for next year," Sorenson said. "We want to finish this season strong so they can hit 2014 at full speed." Earlier this year the team celebrated its first top-10 finish with a ninth-place effort at the Talladega Superspeedway, and the team will have Michael McDowell behind the wheel next year. "This is an important time for us because we have one last chance to put all the positive things we've learned into one final race," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "We feel good about Phoenix. It's a good racetrack for us and for Reed. I can't think of a better place to create a positive impression for the future." The Jolly Roger colors will be again be flying this weekend in the Arizona desert on the #95 Ford Fusion. The Peachtree City, Ga., native will drive the all-black Ford with the white skull and crossbones on the hood.(LFR).(11-7-2013)
McDowell to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2014: Leavine Family Racing announced that Michael McDowell will drive the team's #95 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry in 2014. The announcement was made at Texas Motor Speedway - the team's home track, where the Glendale, Arizona native signed a single-year deal to drive for Leavine Family Racing. McDowell will make his debut when the team fields an entry for the February season-opening race at the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. "This is an extremely good opportunity for me," said McDowell, who has worked with the Leavine Family Racing Sprint Cup team before, at this season's Sprint All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Bob and I first started talking about the possibilities months ago. I'm happy to be a part of this organization." Vice president of marketing and partnerships Jeremy Lange said the goal of the organization is to run one full-time team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in addition to competing in select Nationwide Series races in the #95 car. Leavine Family Racing's 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be released at a later date.(Leavine Family Racing)(10-28-2013)
Leavine Family Racing adds NNS team: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced that it has expanded its role within NASCAR competition. The third-year, Concord, N.C.-based organization with headquarters in Tyler, Texas will field a single-car NASCAR Nationwide Series team out of its Concord shop in addition to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. The team will continue to further its relationship with Ford Racing and enter the #95 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series. Leavine Family Racing is finalizing its driver for the 2014 season, and currently will enter two of the 2013 season's Nationwide Series final four races, beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 11. Reed Sorenson will drive the #95 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michael McDowell will be behind the wheel at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2. "We couldn't be more thrilled about our expansion this season," said Bob Leavine, owner of Leavine Family Racing. "Our program is an independent team, but we have potential - and with an infusion of sponsorship, perhaps a lot more than that."(LFR)(10-2-2013)
Sorenson replaces Speed in the #95, looking for 2014 driver: Reed Sorenson will pilot the #95 Leavine Family Racing (LFR) Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event this weekend at Richmond. Sorenson will drive for Leavine Family Racing this weekend and for the foreseeable future - with the exception of the Dover and Phoenix events. Leavine Family Racing is in discussions with multiple drivers in search for a driver of the #95 car for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(LFR)(9-5-2013)
Leavine Family Racing hires VP of Marketing and Partnerships: Leavine Family Racing continues its strategic growth development with the addition of Jeremy Lange as vice president of marketing and partnerships. Lange will design activation programs for new and existing sponsors as well as marketing sales focused on landing new partners and fulfilling those sponsor contracts. A marketing and industry veteran, Lange boasts over 15 years of experience in strategic brand activation, creative marketing and advertising, most recently serving as national account manager in the business sales division at Best Buy.(Leavine Family Racing)(7-31-2013)
Former NFL player Terance Mathis joins Leavine Family Racing: When Terance Mathis retired from the National Football League (NFL) following 13 successful seasons, he refused to slow down with his ambitions. In fact, he was just catching his stride. Over the holiday, the record-setting wide receiver shifted gears, joining Leavine Family Racing (LFR) as the new Vice President of Marketing. He will work with sponsors while maintaining a presence at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this year.
"Terance was a strong impactful player and that type of mentality is what Leavine Family Racing is all about," team owner Bob Leavine said. "I knew after our first meeting that Terance shared the same values as our family, as well as our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. We all have a desire to impact the lives of the people we come in contact with. We all can't run in the top 15 in NASCAR but we can all impact those around us in NASCAR and that's our goal."
"I played college baseball, and as an athlete I know the commitment it takes to be successful. Terance impressed us as someone who has that commitment - and more."
Mathis is already working to expand the race team's presence in the business community. Leavine Family Racing currently has a 22-race schedule for the 2013 season with driver Scott Speed and the #95 Ford Fusion. They will be participating in the Budweiser Duel in Daytona and the Sprint All-Star race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as well. At 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds, Mathis gained a reputation in football for his tenacity. He promised to bring that same determination to Leavine Family Racing. "I have been involved in NASCAR before," Mathis said. "I love it. Leavine Family Racing has all the pieces to be successful. Hopefully I can play a role in taking it to the next level. It was an instant synergy and a perfect fit with Leavine Family Racing. I liked the approach that the Leavine family is taking. They are taking one step at a time and not putting the cart in front of the horse. I believe my background and diverse skill set will be a real asset to help the team progress. I did my research on the team after being referred to them by an engine-builder friend of mine who gave the team a high recommendation." After becoming the first consensus All-America player at New Mexico, he spent 13 seasons in the NFL. His best years came from 1994-2001 with the Atlanta Falcons where he set club records for touchdown receptions (57) and receiving yards (7,349). His goal is to help Leavine Family Racing achieve more success both on and off the track.(Leavine Family Racing)(1-24-2013)
Richmond International Raceway
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm/et
Born in APRIL
17 Tony Glover, Len Wood, Brandon Thomas, Carl Larson, Brooke McReynolds, Carol Mears, Reid Spencer
18 Geoff Bodine, Tyler Labonte, Kale Kahne, Jim Noble, Melanie Self
19 Robert Yates, Richard Yates, Jack Roush, Greg Erwin, Kevin Grubb, Al Unser Jr., Aaron Keuhn
20 Frank Stoddard, Mike Stefanik, James Barnwell, Ron Barfield, Adrian Fernandez, Dustin Skinner/P>
21 Bruce Silver, Bill Ingle, Greg Zipadelli, Bob Varsha
22 Raygan Swan, Stella Paysor, Wesley Gantt
23 Brian Whitesell, Jason Keller, Phil Gould, Joe Keller, Skip Manning, Terry Glotzbach, P.J. Jones, Tommy Croft, Charles Gafrarar, William Shakespeare, Jacob Meetze
24 Hermie Sadler, Harrill Hamrick, Stephanie Hillin, Amanda Lorenzen
25 Alex Bowman, Jason Lee, Alkie Cunningham
26 Martha Oliver, Jimmy Kitchens, Charles Moles
27 Shelly Bose, Jason Haynes, Austin Dillon, Jason Sheets
28 Tyler Hmiel, Jeff Neuendorf, Zach Case
29 Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Angie Skinner, Chad Little, Jerry Schweitz, Alexandria Fennig
30 Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Andy Hillenburg, Joe Millikan, Amelia Joy Smith, Chris Browning, Ashton Glover, Frank Kimmel
Born in MAY
1 Randy Dorton, Johnny Sauter, Jimmy Parrott
2 Ed "Uncle Bud" Adamczyk, Kyle Busch
3 Greg Ely
4 Randy Tolsma, Bobby Burrell, Jennifer Eolin, Amanda Ebersole
5 Larry Pollard, Bob Welborn
6 Mike Borkowski, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jeff Hancock, Dean Mozingo, Gina Henson
7 Dave Steele, Danny O'Quinn Jr.
8 Bobby Labonte, Nathan Buttke, Don Hume, Jay Stewart, Judy Childress
9 Tim Fedewa, Scott Page
10 Amelia Andretti, Andy Rueger
11 Glenn Bobo, Tim Flock, NASCAR Hall of Fame
12 Jabe Thomas, Debra Adamczyk
13 Rich Bickle, Scott Eggleston, Bob Kennedy, Jim Spencer, Linda McReynolds, Kirk Almquist, Maggie Feeney Rossi
14 Steve Letarte, Bill Brooks, Dave Munari, Danielle Del Corio, Scott Lynch
15 Shane Hmiel, John Hubner