Thursday, January 05, 2017

McDowell, Parrott Return To Leavine Family Racing

Veteran Michael McDowell will return to Leavine Family Racing for the full 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. McDowell will once again pilot the No. 95 Chevrolet SS as the primary driver for LFR in all 36 races, making the team Chase eligible for the first time since its inception in 2011.
LFR will also welcome back championship-winning crew chief Todd Parrott this season. Parrott took over the post in October of last season and led the No. 95 to earn six Top-25 finishes in the final seven races of the campaign.

“With both Michael and Todd returning to the team this season, we are looking to maintain the consistency we found toward the end of last year and continue to push forward and build off the positive momentum,” said Jeremy Lange, Vice President of Leavine Family Racing. “We had great performances on the track last year and we’re hoping that continuing in that direction will lead to more sponsorship for the team. We do have some partner renewals that we will be announcing soon and are excited to add more.”

McDowell, who is entering his 10th year competing in NASCAR, earned his first NASCAR national touring series win last year at Road America in the XFINITY Series and recorded 16 Top-25 finishes with LFR in 2016.

“I’m excited to be returning full time with LFR for the 2017 season,” said McDowell. “I look forward to continuing to work with Todd, as well and kicking off our season with a strong start at the Daytona 500 in February.”

Parrott echoed his driver’s thoughts about the upcoming season, saying, “I can’t wait for the 2017 season to get here, and I look forward to having a great year with Michael and the team. I’m appreciative of the opportunity LFR has given me to once again assume the crew chief role for the team, and I am ready to get started on the upcoming season.” 

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