By AMANDA VINCENT
Circle Sport and Leavine Family Racing have merged to form Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing and the newly-formed team has entered into a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing in preparation for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Circle Sport already had a relationship with RCR.
“I admire the hard work, dedication and passion that Joe Falk (Circle Sport owner) and Bob and Sharon Leavine (Leavine family Racing owners) have for NASCAR, and I know their addition to our RCR alliance teams will be mutually beneficial to both Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing, and our current roster of technical alliance partners,” RCR CEO Richard Childress said. “I’m looking forward to sucdess in 2016 and beyond”
The partnership between Richard Childress Racing and Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing involves technology sharing, engineering, research and development from RCR to the new team. Also, because of the partnership, Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing will run ECR Engines.
“The resources that Richard Childress and RCR can provide, including ECR Engines, the Chevrolet SS and access to shared information and technology will be a tremendous help as we continue to grow as an organization,” Bob Leavine said. “RCR has an extremely competitive program with a storied history of winning races and championships, and joining that culture of success makes this partnership especially attractive.”
Also, due to the change, the former Leavine Family Racing is transitioning its No. 95 cars from Fords to Chevrolets. The Circle Sport team was already a Chevrolet team, fielding the No. 33. The new team formed by the merger is expected to be a single-car team, fielding the No. 95.
Michael McDowell will remain onboard as the primary driver of the No. 95, running the car in most of the races on the schedule. Ty Dillon, a NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor for RCR, will drive the car in select events, including the season-opening Daytona 500 next month.
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