UPDATE: Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports’ two incumbent Cup Series drivers, said this weekend that their future with the organization hasn’t been determined, but that their 2024 plans should materialize soon.
McDowell, who has been with Front Row since 2018, acknowledged that his destination for next season still has some uncertainty. He said that his mind has been primarily occupied with the pursuit of the second postseason berth of his career, sitting just plus-17 above the provisional elimination line.
“I really haven’t thought a whole lot about it,” McDowell said. “Part of it is, it’s not up to me. I’m not sitting there with choices, and I get to make the choice. So to me, I’m just trying to do my job every week and get the best results as we can to get in the playoffs. But the time is coming soon, so we’ll see how it all shakes out.”
— NASCAR.com —
ORIGINAL POST 7-17-2023: [Michael] McDowell is 16th in the standings and the Front Row Motorsports driver’s stock has risen as a potential candidate to drive the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 car if Aric Almirola opts to retire.
While McDowell typically has year-to-year deals at Front Row Motorsports, he indicated that the team has an option on him that it could exercise.
“My plan is to keep running at Front Row and be there for a long time. It’s not my option. I don’t get the choice. We’ll see how it plays out. … It’s not up to me. It’s really not.”
Front Row would like to move Zane Smith up to the Cup Series next year, and that would mean either McDowell or Todd Gilliland, who has shown solid growth and improvement this year, would need to find another home.
— Fox Sports —