Thursday, August 09, 2012

Speed Signs Extension With Leavine Family Racing

Speed expands his Sprint Cup deal
Leavine Family Racing has agreed to a contract extension with Scott Speed for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, with Speed committing 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,” said Speed. “It's the start of a bigger journey. Now is the time I need to give them 100 percent of my time and effort. No longer will I be competing in anything else other than the No. 95."

Team owner Bob Leavine said, "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. 

The team’s newly appointed vice president of business development, Dan Pikarsky, said, “We are using this commitment as a springboard to build on this year's chemistry for 2013. 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 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 said he has no plans to explore the free-agent market, instead remaining loyal 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."

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