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Richard Childress Racing and Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing have agreed to form a technical alliance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, beginning with the 2016 season.
The partnership includes technology sharing, engineering, research and development provided to Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing as they switch their No. 95 Sprint Cup Series cars to Chevrolet beginning with the 2016 season. Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing will also benefit from utilizing the highly reliable and powerful engines of ECR Engines.
Ty Dillon will run select races, including the Daytona 500, for Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing in 2016. Sprint Cup Series veteran driver Michael McDowell will be the primary driver for the team.
“I admire the hard work, dedication and passion that Joe Falk and Bob and Sharon Leavine 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,” said Richard Childress, Chief Executive Officer of RCR. “I’m looking forward to success in 2016 and beyond.”
With their race shop based in Concord, N.C., Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing has a veteran group of racing personnel and ownership that has been active in the Sprint Cup Series for multiple years.
“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,” said Bob Leavine. “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.”
CREDIT: Richard Childress Racing