Scheduled 2013 Races (18+2):
Daytona, Budweiser Duel - 2/21
Daytona 500 - 2/24, DISH Network
Phoenix - 3/3
Las Vegas - 3/10
Bristol - 3/17
Martinsville - 4/7
Texas - 4/13
Talladega - 5/5
Darlington - 5/11
Sprint Showdown, Charlotte - 5/18
Charlotte - 5/26
Daytona - 7/6
Indy - 7/28
Bristol - 8/24
Atlanta - 9/1
Richmond - 9/7, Sorenson
Dover - 9/29. Riggs
Kansas - 10/6, Sorenson (added)
Charlotte - 10/12, Blake Koch
Talladega - 10/20
Martinsville - 10/27
Phoenix - 11/10, Sorenson
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)
Blake Koch to make Sprint Cup Series debut at CMS: per Blake Koch's Twitter: Can't wait to drive the 95 @Supp_Military @nascar cup car this weekend. Looks like Blake Koch will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 12th in the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford with supportmilitary.org colors. Supposedly this is a deal with GoGreen Racing. Koch has 82 Nationwide Series starts [best finish of 14th] and six Camping World Truck Series starts [best finish 19th](10-10-2013)
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)
Speed & Leavine Family Racing return to the track: Several reasons can explain why Scott Speed can't wait for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, but none are more important than another good opportunity to drive the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford to Victory Lane. Though the team makes selected appearances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), the team's strength has come at the two restrictor-plate tracks, including Daytona. A 23rd-place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500 and a ninth-place effort at the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway are the two best finishes for Speed and Leavine Family Racing this year. "Even at Daytona we led laps," Speed said. The team last raced at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. The five-race break is the longest planned by the third year team. It also gave the team more than a month to make minor adjustments to their #95 Ford Fusion. "This car finished ninth the last time it was on the track, so there's not a lot that has to be done with it," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "This car is fast and it drives really well. More than anything else we've gone over our strategy." Speed has completed 877 of 886 laps in his career at Daytona International Speedway. Speed and Leavine Family Racing's next scheduled race will be the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28.(Leavine Family Racing)(7-3-2013)
Scott Speed increases 2013 Cup schedule: #95-Scott Speed is adding up to 10 further NASCAR Sprint Cup events to his schedule after his recent top-10 finish at Talladega secured extra backing for his Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion. The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 racer now plans to combine top-level US stock car racing with a Global Rallycross Championship campaign for the rest of the season. His ninth-placed Cup finish at Talladega and victory in the opening GRC event at X Games Brazil last month have boosted his chances of extra outings, including this week's Charlotte NASCAR round. "We've found the support to run more [NASCAR Cup] races this year, so we're going to run eight to 10 more," Speed told AUTOSPORT. "It's working out great to have a part-time schedule in Cup and now we can do this [rallycross] schedule, so we can balance the two." Speed drove in X Games Brazil in the Ford Fiesta ST 'star car' but shocked the establishment by winning the event outright - despite it being his first-ever experience of driving on a loose surface. He hopes to combine the two series for the rest of the season. "At this point the Cup deal takes precedence, but hopefully we can build it so they're working cohesively with each other," said Speed. "It's a unique opportunity here, and we're working as hard as we can to make the most of it."(AutoSport)(5-23-2013)
Speed skipping All-Star race, will race in Spain: It's been a great month for Scott Speed in the Ford Racing world. After driving the OlsbergsMSE Fiesta 'Star Car' to a gold medal in his Global Rallycross debut at X Games Brazil on Apr. 21, he finished a season-best ninth in his #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on May 5. Speed will be looking to continue his hot streak this week as he misses the annual Sprint All-Star Weekend and travels to Spain for X Games Barcelona.(see interview at Ford Racing), Michael McDowell will drive the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford in the Sprint Showdown.(5-15-2013)
#95 team and Speed to honor victims in West, TX: Sunday's Aaron's 499 will be the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season with restrictor plates. But for Scott Speed and Leavine Family Racing, their effort will be anything but restricted. The team will dedicate its efforts on Sunday to the victims of the West, Texas, explosion that killed 14 people, including 12 first responders. "We will run with restricted engines at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, but I can promise you nobody on this race team will hold anything back," Speed said. "Our race team has deep roots in Texas. Our car will be West, Texas, strong." The Texas-based team decided to bring awareness to the disaster with signage on Speed's #95 Ford Fusion for Sunday's race in the aftermath of the fiery explosion at the fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. The roof to Speed's car will carry to the words: "West, Texas, Strong. Victims - Survivors - Heroes."
"As Texans, we all bond together," said car owner Bob Leavine, who lives in Tyler, Texas. "Texans are strong people, proud people. And when something happens, we join forces." TrackingPoint and Jordan Truck Sales (JTS) will share the primary sponsorship for the 188-lap event. Returning team sponsor Jordan Truck Sales (JTS) will be on the hood of the #95 Ford. The Austin, Texas based TrackingPoint will return with sponsorship on the quarter panels. Secondary sponsors Friends of NRA and Besties with Testies also signed on for Sunday's project. Crew chief Wally Rogers knows the best way to honor the victims of the explosion is to run up front. The team will bring the same car that led two laps at the season-opening Daytona 500 and wound up with a lead-lap finish. Since Leavine Family Racing is running a selective schedule, Speed kept himself busy with driving in the X-Games Global Rallycross championship. He won a gold medal for Ford Racing by winning the race in an OlsbergsMSE Fiesta Star Ford April 23 at Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Speed won with a last-lap pass. "Winning in Brazil was a lot of fun," Speed said. "Winning at Talladega would be even better."(Leavine Family Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #95 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2013)
Scott Speed to drive Grand Rallycross car in Brazil: Global Rallycross has announced the implementation of the Star Car, a competitive twist for Global Rallycross. To debut the Star Car at the X Games in Foz do Iguacu, Global Rallycross brought Scott Speed on board to take the wheel. "The Star Car idea was sparked initially as means to create an element of surprise and suspense to both fans and drivers for each of the nine Global Rallycross events this season," said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO. "But as the idea has become a reality for Global Rallycross, it is an exceptional element that allows for talented drivers like Scott Speed to get a taste of what Global Rallycross really has to offer." In each race of the 2013 season, Global Rallycross will select the Star Car driver who will compete against the regular field of Global Rallycross drivers. With that in mind, every Star Car driver is selected specifically, each bringing a different quality to the series. For Speed, Global Rallycross selected him to debut the Star Car in Brazil because of his personality, driving ability and his overall fit for Global Rallycross. The Star Car will make its debut at Global X Games in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, on April 21.(Grand Rallycross)(4-13-2013)
#95 team picks up primary sponsor for Texas: Scott Speed and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) aim to be on target during Saturday night's NRA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The #95 TrackingPoint Ford will carry Austin, Texas based TrackingPoint as the primary sponsor for the team's homecoming. TrackingPoint is an applied technology company that created the first Precision Guided Firearm, a revolutionary new long-range shooting system that puts jet fighter "lock and launch" technology in a rifle, enabling users to hit moving targets at extended ranges. Team owners Bob and Sharon and the Leavine family are from Tyler, Texas, so TrackingPoint joins familiar territory, joining other Texas native sponsors like Tommy Williams Drywall (TWD) and B&D Electrical. The team also will provide exposure for "Besties with Testies" to commemorate National Testicular Cancer month, as well as TeaZa Herbal Energy Pouch.(Leavine Family Racing)(4-9-2013)
Leavine Family racing spotlighting testicular cancer awareness month: On April 7th at Martinsville Speedway, the first weekend of testicular cancer awareness month, #95-Leavine Family Racing will begin to promote testicular cancer education and awareness. LFR will partner with Besties with Testies, a 501(c)3 non--profit corporation. Besties with Testies, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, was founded with the mission to promote public interest and awareness of testicular cancer. Besties with Testies has been active informing the public of the importance of self--examination and early detection. Providing tools and resources to educators, advocates, testicular cancer patients, and survivors, Besties with Testies has reached thousands of young men through an all-volunteer organization and nationally recognized website. Testicular Cancer is most common in men ages 15 to 35 but can strike at any age. Testicular cancer is highly curable if detected early through self--examination.(Leavine Family Racing)(4-5-2013)
Pirate returns to the #95 at Las Vegas: Scott Speed and Leavine Family Racing will keep their pirate colors for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team set sail last week with a black #95 Ford at Phoenix, complete with a skull and crossbones designed by Sam Bass on the hood and the words "Surrender the Sponsor" across the trunk. The project got so much positive feedback, including associate sponsorships for the 267 lap event in Sin City, that the team decided to stick with it. Even though the #95 Ford will sport a black pirate theme, it will also carry the associate sponsorships from Race Fuel Energy Drink and Sin City Motorsports.(Leavine Family Racing), see images of the scheme/car on the #95 Team Schemes page.(3-6-2013)
#95 team sails into Phoenix with Hopes of Pirating a Win, Sponsor: Racing fans and potential sponsors alike won't be seeing a mirage when Scott Speed drives the all-black #95 Ford with the white skull and crossbones from Leavine Family Racing. Across the back of the new Generation-6 race car will be the words: "Surrender the Sponsor." The race team is trying to build on the momentum of a 23rd-place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500. Part of that process is the continued search for a primary sponsor. "It is exciting just to see the hype about the #95," Speed said. "We are not trying to make this a money stunt; we're just trying to draw attention to our car. Hopefully, a potential sponsor will see this and want to be teamed up with us. There is no way I could have pulled off this paint scheme with any other team, which is why it was so appropriate for LFR – they are up for anything." The nearest ocean may be 357 miles away, but it won't keep LFR from living a pirate's life during Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at the Phoenix International Raceway. The idea was a collaborative effort between Speed and crew chief Wally Rogers. Team owner Bob Leavine quickly signed off on the idea. "The reality is, anything that brings attention to our race team is positive," Leavine said. "It's not a stunt. It's a way for Corporate America to see what this little team from Texas can do."
"We're still looking for partners," vice president of marketing Terance Mathis said. "DISH was a great partner for us at Daytona, but they're not on for the full season. We're getting to the point where we've got to be strategic with how we use our resources and continue to run as well as we can and attract more sponsorship."
Speed raced his way into the starting lineup for the Daytona 500, and he followed that up with a lead-lap finish. "The minute we got back to the shop, our attention shifted from Daytona to Phoenix," Rogers said. "We're confident about our race car for that track, and we're confident about Scott. We thought it would be a great idea to work on the sponsorship side. It was an interesting idea and it probably wouldn't fly with a lot of other race teams. That's what makes LFR so unique."
Speed agreed. "Daytona was a good start, but we have so much more to do," he said. "We will improve on that. It is our hope the 'Surrender the Sponsor' idea will attract a sponsor excited to come along for the ride for the other 25 races we've selected this year."
In six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix, Speed qualified second in 2010 with Red Bull Racing. He also has two Nationwide and one Camping World Truck series start at the one-mile D-shaped oval.(Leavine Family Racing), see images of the scheme/car on the #95 Team Schemes page.(3-1-2013)
#95 and Speed get sponsor for Daytona 500: #95-Scott Speed knew his window to make the starting lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500 was closing in the final laps of Thursday's Budweiser Duels. Then an actual missing window helped Speed and the rest of the Leavine Family Racing (LFR) race team qualify for the biggest NASCAR race of the season and resulted in a new sponsor for the Texas-based team with DISH Network. A leading satellite TV company, DISH Network, will be the primary sponsor on the #95 Ford Fusion with Speed for the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 at the Daytona International Speedway. "We're excited to team up with Leavine Family Racing on the #95 DISH Ford Fusion to help promote the Hopper," said James Moorhead, chief marketing officer for DISH. "Racing fans are passionate and dedicated - just like our customers. We love this opportunity to engage with a fan base that really mirrors the innovative spirit at DISH where we push the limits of technology and challenge the status quo." Speed ran as high as eighth in the first 150-mile qualifying race at the Daytona International Speedway, but a problem with the brakes on a scheduled pit stop forced a longer stop which put #95 machine toward the back of the 21-car field. He got as high as 16th at the finish with the top 15 automatically advancing to Sunday's race. Moments later, NASCAR officials moved Speed up to 15th - and into the Daytona 500 - when sixth-place Martin Truex Jr. finished without a side passenger window. "We got lucky to get in because of the window, but at the same time we ran way better than that all race," Speed said. "That window coming out of the car cost us an easy transfer spot anyway because it's faster. The window giveth and it taketh away." Based on NASCAR's unique qualifying rules, Leavine Family Racing would likely still have advanced into the Daytona 500. By finishing 15th, however, team owner Bob Leavine no longer had to worry about any of the complicated exemptions.
"We're in," he said with an enormous sigh of relief. "I feel blessed." Speed clearly had a racecar worthy of stock car racing's Super Bowl. With three more practice sessions remaining before the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, Speed and crew chief Wally Rogers believe they have enough of a baseline to be competitive in the new Gen-6 racer. "Scott did a really good job, especially when he got in the outside line," Rogers said. "We're learning so much about the car with every lap. Scott was patient and the car had good solid speed in it. Making the race is a huge relief for everyone at Leavine Family Racing. We're a small team, and this is a very big deal for us." The team didn't learn of Truex's problems until they were walking down pit road after the race. "We heard it on the (public address) speaker," Leavine said. "All I could imagine was going home. Then we heard we were in. It's one of the most incredible feelings I've ever had at a racetrack." Speed will start 31st in the Daytona 500.
"It was hard once we got to the back after the pit stop because we didn't have anyone back there to help us," Speed said. "We finally got back up there and picked off a few of them. You had to have a good car to be able to do that. That's a credit to everyone at LFR. This is a proud moment for everyone. We're in the Daytona 500. I will never get tired of hearing that." The team's shop is located in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte Motor Speedway's turn two.(Leavine Family Racing)(2-23-2013)
Leavine Family Racing gains associate sponsor: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will arrive at the Daytona 500 with a higher level of energy with the help of TeaZa. The revolutionary product will be an associate sponsor on the #95 Ford Fusion with driver Scott Speed for selected NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year, including the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 at the Daytona International Speedway. TeaZa comes in a small pouch that is placed between the lip and gum; the energy packed ingredients are then released and swallowed. TeaZa uses advanced pouching materials so the ingredients are released over several hours giving you longer lasting energy. This formula contains a doctor formulated balance of vitamins, herbs, and natural caffeine, coupled with an amazing long-lasting flavor. Each pouch stimulates the taste buds, adding to the energy boost.(LFR)(2-14-2013)
2013 silly season notes for #95-Scott Speed / Leavine Family Racing: Scott Speed re-signed with Leavine Family Racing to run 24 races in 2013. The team attempted 16 races in 2013, making 15 of them. Wally Rogers returns as the crew chief. Former NFL player Terance Mathis joined Leavine Family Racing as the new Vice President of Marketing. He will work with sponsors while maintaining a presence at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year. See more about other teams on my 2013 Team / Driver Silly Season Chart.(2-10-2013)
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)
#95 team plans limited schedule: #95-Scott Speed posted Leavine Family Racing's 2013 schedule to Facebook. It is a total of 24 races, including the Budweiser Duels & All-Star shootout. The team attempted 16 races in 2013, making 15 of them.(1-7-2013)
17 Scheduled 2012 Races:
Texas - 4/14
Richmond - 4/28
Sprint Showdown, Charlotte - 5/19
Charlotte - 5/27
Sonoma - 6/24
Kentucky - 6/30
Indy - 7/29
Watkins Glen - 8/12
Bristol - 8/25
Atlanta - 9/2
Chicago - 9/16
New Hampshire - 9/23
Dover - 9/30
Charlotte - 10/13
Kansas - 10/21
Martinsville - 10/28
Texas - 11/4
#95 team running seven races to end season: While the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series shifts its focus on the Chase for the Championship, Leavine Family Racing is ready for its own important stretch with driver Scott Speed. The team saved most of its selected starts for the final three months of the season, starting with Sunday's Geico 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway. In all, LFR and Speed are scheduled to compete in seven of the final 10 races of the season. "We back-loaded our schedule so we could get a better baseline for 2013," crew chief Wally Rogers said. "This will help us create momentum for next year. It also will test our ability to maintain our fleet of cars at a time we're also going to races. We're a small team so everyone has additional duties. But this is what we've been waiting for." The young team already has made big gains. Speed has created team-bests in qualifying (21st) and race finish (17th) at Watkins Glen International earlier this year. Now it's up to LFR to build on that success.(Leavine Family Racing)(9-12-2012)
Speed re-signs with Leavine Family Racing for 2013: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced that it has agreed to a contract extension with Scott Speed for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Speed has committed to exclusively drive the #95 Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion, effective immediately. "It's a big deal to go from a partial schedule to a relatively full-time deal for the 2013 season. It's the start of a bigger journey." Speed said. "Now is the time I need to give them 100% of my time and effort. No longer will I be competing in anything else other then the #95."
"I am very pleased with the progress crew chief Wally Rogers and Scott have made this year. It is that progress, along with Scott's charisma and talent enhancing our team chemistry, that has resulted in our agreement to go to an exclusive relationship through the 2013 season," team owner Bob Leavine said. "We are using this commitment as a springboard to build on this year's chemistry for 2013," Dan Pikarsky, newly appointed vice president of business development said. "We are getting our business development team in place now to be ready for 2013. The people needed from the back to the front are all there and Scott is confident in that. Leavine Family Racing has proved to me that they are building and they are moving in the right direction. They are bringing in good people, and that intrigues me. They have their own funding, and they have built a business case. We are using that with Scott Speed to attract Corporate America."
Speed, 29, made it clear from the outset that he had no plans to explore the free-agent market due to his loyalty to Leavine Family Racing. "As an organization, Leavine Family Racing and team owner Bob Leavine provide the resources I need to compete, and as a driver, that is the most important consideration," Speed said. "Every year the team has been built more and more. We've grown much this year as the first year, and now we are all committed to a third season. The team has proven to do more and more and I look forward to continuing this growing relationship into the future."(Leavine Family Racing)(8-8-2012)
#95 team hires VP of Business Development: As Leavine Family Racing (LFR) continues to build its team in key areas, the #95 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with driver Scott Speed announced that Dan Pikarsky has been named Vice President of Business Development. To further bolster its preparation for sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 season, Pikarsky will supervise Leavine Family Racing's brand and sponsorship programs. Pikarsky joins Leavine Family Racing from Petty's Garage in Level Cross, where as the senior director of business development and partnership, he was instrumental at Petty's Garage and the 2012 Petty's Garage Performance Tour. He was also influential in launching the first 2012 Richard Petty Signature Series Ford Mustang GT with a display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. At Petty's Garage, he worked with the Richard Petty Motorsports Petty Family Foundation, and Victory Junction. Prior to his time at Petty's Garage, Pikarsky took a leave from the motorsports industry to team up with long-time friend Stephen Pearcy. Pikarsky was tour manager for WBS Entertainment with the rock band RATT where he managed an 85-city national tour. Pikarsky will be based in Leavine Family Racing's Concord office.(LFR)(7-13-2012)
Leavine Family Racing going to Richmond for first time: While driver Scott Speed is no stranger to the Richmond International Raceway, Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series 400 will be Leavine Family Racing's first trip to the popular three-quarter-mile short track. Speed will drive the #95 Tommy Williams Drywall (TWD) Ford on a track that's become a favorite among NASCAR drivers. Leavine Family Racing is running a limited 14-race schedule. Saturday night's race is the second appearance for the second-year team.(Leavine Family Racing)(4-26-2012)
Speed and #95 team plans to run 16 races: Scott Speed will drive a partial Sprint Cup Series schedule for Leavine Family Racing this season, focusing mostly on the 1.5-mile tracks and road courses. Team owner Bob Leavine was impressed with Speed's ability to out-qualify his car last season with inferior equipment and decided to give the ex-Formula One racer a shot. The team plans to avoid start-and-parking if possible and run the full races it enters, beginning with the Texas Motor Speedway race in April. "You can make more money doing (start-and-parks), for sure, but that's not what Bob wants to do," Speed said Tuesday night. "We want to be professional about it. We're going to look good, we're going to have all of our stuff right and represent our brand and what we're doing the right way and not just be another start-and-park team." Leavine gets its engines from Roush Fenway Racing (on a lower tier) and buys used Roush cars to field its #95 entry (which David Starr drove last season). "We're going about it the right way – as much as you can be," Speed said. "We're not a fully-funded team that's running a full year. But instead of doing a lot, we're doing what we can and doing it right. If we're running well, the pedal is to the floor." The team won't run the superspeedway races, because that requires buying a special car and hoping it survives a crapshoot race. But it will purchase a car for the road courses, Speed said, because those events are "probably more in our control."(SB Nation)
AND "There are a lot of great drivers who don't have a ride," said Speed. "It's a tough time in our sport and I am lucky to have the opportunity here at Levine Family Racing because it's one of the good ones out there. We are doing 16 races and we are going to do them right including the two road course races. We are going to go out and race when we have the ability to run and run it right."(CMS Media Tour Notes)(1-26-2012)
Speed settles lawsuit: Scott Speed has settled his lawsuit with Red Bull Racing over his firing that followed the 2010 season. Speed had field a lawsuit in North Carolina Superior Court in Statesville, N.C., in December 2010. He asked that Red Bull Racing pay him $6.5 million for the salary he would have received from 2011-2013 in addition to a $500,000 reduction of his 2010 salary that he accepted in January 2010. According to court documents, the two sides met Nov. 30 in a settlement conference where they came to an agreement on all issues. Speed filed the dismissal documents Dec. 19. No terms of the settlement were disclosed.(SceneDaily)(12-30-2011)
Scott Speed Joins Leavine Family Racing: Scott Speed has joined Leavine Family Racing (LFR) for a limited 15-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for 2012 in the #95 Ford. A veteran of all three of NASCAR's premier national touring series, Speed joins Leavine Family Racing after making 13 Sprint Cup starts with Whitney Motorsports' in the #46 Ford. Speed will be competing in his fifth Sprint Cup Series season. The California native competed full-time with Red Bull Racing in 2010; earning two top-10 finishes and leading 21 laps. "We are pleased to have Scott Speed join our team," team owner Bob Leavine said. "We, as a team, want to give Scott the equipment and the resources he needs to win – and that is what I believe he will do for us in return. Scott is a proven driver. He was the first American to race in Formula One since Michael Andretti and has a lot to offer our program as a teammate and a competitor."
Speed has made 18 starts in the Nationwide Series and 16 starts in the Camping World Truck Series over the past four years. He posted a truck series win at the Dover International Speedway in 2008. His best Nationwide Series finish came on the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year where he placed sixth. Speed earned career first pole in the series in 2009. Speed began his racing career in Karting at the age of 10. Making his way through the open-wheel racing ranks throughout the West Coast, he made his Formula One debut in 2001. From there he has successfully competed in Formula One making 28 career starts before making the transition to stock-car racing in 2007 with the ARCA Racing Series.
The 28-year-old driver is thrilled to have the opportunity to compete with Leavine Family Racing. "I am excited to team up with Bob Leavine and his guys at Leavine Family Racing," Speed said. They have a solid group of guys working on the team and I think it will be a real fun deal. Our goal is to build this race team to become competitive. We know it will be baby steps, but we are all excited to get it rolling."(Leavine Family Racing)(12-14-2011)
Leavine Family Racing expands 2012 schedule; Starr won't return: Leavine Family Racing will start its season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, and then embark on an ambitious schedule of at least 15 selected Sprint Cup Series races during the 2012 season. The Leavine Family Racing schedule includes races at Bristol, Texas, Richmond, Darlington, Charlotte, Pocono, Kentucky, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan, Atlanta, Chicago, Dover and Homestead-Miami. The team is continuing to evaluate its options for the driver of its #95 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series, while David Starr seeks new opportunities. In 2011, Leavine Family Racing competed in four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events with Starr. He posted the team's season-best finish of 27th at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. Veteran Wally Rogers returns to crew chief the #95 machine in 2012. In addition to Rogers, the entire shop returns as well along with the same management and administrative staff.(Leavine Family Racing)(12-8-2011)
Air Force Veteran to be guest of #95 team at Texas: Terry Blanton, an Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force veteran, will be a guest of the #95 Leavine Family Racing team at Sunday's AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Blanton, a native of Bonanza, Ark., was supposed to watch his first race at the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in July. However, like many others, he was stuck in traffic on the interstate before the race and was turned away by state and track officials. Nobody understands the frustration of not making the race at Kentucky Speedway better than the Leavine Family Racing team. The team was able to successfully fight traffic, only to have the #95 machine be turned away by the rain that washed out qualifying. A retired Captain, Blanton served for 21 years, including a tour in the Persian Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm and a tour in Afghanistan. Blanton returned from Afghanistan a year ago after suffering a heart attack. He shared the experience of attempting his first NASCAR race weekend on a flight from Louisville, Ky., to Dallas to the sympathetic ear of Bob Leavine, the team owner of Leavine Family Racing. They talked about the frustrations of not being at the racetrack at Kentucky on race day - Blanton as a disgruntled fan, and Leavine as a disappointed car owner. That's when Leavine invited Blanton to be a guest of the team at Texas Motor Speedway. Having never attended a race before, Blanton will spend the weekend with Leavine Family Racing as an honorary member of the team.(Leavine Family Racing)(11-1-2011)
Advocare sponsoring Starr for five races: Leavine Family Racing, single-team operation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, announced a multi-race sponsorship of the #95 Ford with AdvoCare International LP. AdvoCare announced at its national convention that they reached an agreement with LFR to serve as the primary sponsor of the #95 Ford driven by David Starr for five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season: Bristol, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas, and Texas. AdvoCare logos will be featured prominently on the team's race car, perfectly complimenting the vehicle's red and blue paint scheme designed by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. AdvoCare will make its nationwide NASCAR debut Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The premier health and wellness company headquartered in Plano, Texas, will sponsor Starr in all three of NASCAR's national touring divisions this week at Bristol, including Friday night's Food City 250 and Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race. AdvoCare is also a title sponsor of the Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, the AdvoCare 500, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(Leavine Family Racing)(8-24-2011)
Leavine Fenton Racing changes name: Leavine Family Racing, currently a single-team operation in the Sprint Cup Series, announced Thursday that the organization Leavine Fenton Racing will now be known as Leavine Family Racing. The former members of Leavine Fenton Racing have completed a transaction that has resulted in the rebranding of the Tyler, Texas-based company, effective immediately. Bob Leavine and the Leavine family acquired all of the assets of the team and took over operation of the organization in April. The racing team, which boasts an entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - the # 95 car with driver David Starr, is now solely owned by the Leavine family and has been rebranded Leavine Family Racing.(Leavine Family Racing PR)(6-3-2011)
David Starr set to make Cup debut: Leavine Fenton Racing and David Starr are looking forward to making their debut NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on April 9 at Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500. Starr will pilot the #95 Leavine Fenton Racing Ford as he looks to put on a show for the hometown crowd. Texas businesses B&D Electrical and TWD Drywall will be on the car along with WRL General Contractors, Ltd. and Fenton Motor Group. "Words can't describe how big this is," David Starr said. "Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to attempt to qualify for a Cup race. The ultimate dream is to race in the biggest series in the world, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I can't make the word be big enough to what it means. I'm just honored, proud, and blessed to have the opportunity to do that with good equipment. Even though it's my home track, I'm racing against the most competitive drivers in the world, and to have the opportunity to race against the best in the world is pretty cool." The team announced their formation back on January 7. They will compete in Roush Fenway Racing chassis with Roush Yates Engines. There are only five fulltime employees at the North Carolina shop with veteran crew chief, Wally Rogers calling the shots on pit road and Mark Gregory as the spotter. Over The Wall Crew (OTWCrew) from Mooresville, N.C. will pit the car for the Texas weekend as well.(Leavine Fenton Racing), see images of the car scheems on the #95 Team Schemes page.(4-5-2011)
Leavine Fenton Racing to debut in Cup & Trucks: Tyler, Texas natives Bob Leavine and Lance Fenton have partnered up to form Leavine Fenton Racing. The team will compete in the Sprint Cup Series as well as the Camping World Truck Series throughout the 2011 season. Leavine Fenton Racing will run Fords from their Concord, N.C. based shop with the help of a driver David Starr and crew chief Wally Rogers. The team number will be #95 in both series. Leavine is the owner of WRL General Contractors, Ltd. and has been involved in racing for many years. WRL General Contractors, Ltd. has been in operation for over 30 years. The company's services include construction of commercial, institutional, and industrial projects by using construction management, competitive bid, or design build delivery methods. Fenton is the owner of Fenton Motor Group in Tyler, Texas and Phoenix Design and Manufacturing, LLC in Oklahoma City, Okla. He has raced and owned race teams since the mid 80's. Last year, he made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series. The cars will be Roush/Yates engines. As of right now they plan to run the following Cup races -- two Charlotte Motor Speedway races, two Texas Motor Speedway races, Kentucky and Chicagoland Speedway.(Leavine Fenton Racing PR)(1-7-2011)