Monday has turned out to be a big day for Kansas native Clint Bowyer.
Michael Waltrip Racing has announced that Bowyer, his crew chief Brian Pattie and sponsor 5-Hour Energy have all signed multiyear extensions with MWR.
“This is big news for all of us,” Bowyer said in the release from MWR. “It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring. MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour ENERGY was a high priority. It’s time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning.”
Bowyer joined MWR in 2012. He won two races and finished second in the Chase for the Championship standings that season. In 2013, Bowyer was third in the regular season standings, but did not win a race and finished seventh in the chase standings.
The contract extension was the second big announcement for Bowyer on Monday. Earlier in the day he announced via his twitter account that he and his wife Lorra are expecting their first child.
Here is the entire release for Michael Waltrip Racing about his contract extension:
Michael Waltrip Racing announced today it has signed multiyear contract extensions with sponsor 5-hour ENERGY, driver Clint Bowyer and crew chief Brian Pattie to race its No. 15 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series starting in 2015.
The trio joined MWR in 2012 and has scored three wins and earned two Chase berths including a runner-up finish in 2012.
“This is big news for all of us,” said Bowyer, an eight-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. “It creates great stability and excitement about what the next few years can bring. MWR is my racing home and continuing this relationship with 5-hour ENERGY was a high priority. It’s time to put the paperwork in a drawer and focus on winning.”
“Since the first day 5-hour ENERGY, Clint and Brian showed up at MWR, we have been a contender for wins and championships. I am so thankful that we get to continue and add to what we have built,” said co-owner Michael Waltrip. “I am most happy for the employees of MWR who are the foundation of everything we do.”
The familiar red, black and yellow brand colors of 5-hour ENERGY will adorn the No. 15 in 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup events each year starting in 2015. Additional primary partners on the No. 15 include PEAK and AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“We have clearly aligned ourselves with one of the most competitive and energetic drivers in racing and we felt it was really important for us to continue the equity we have built over the past three years,” said Scott Henderson, president of 5-hour ENERGY. “We love Clint, the people at MWR and the sport of NASCAR. The extension decision was also based on our racing program’s success with our sales team and all of our participating retailers.”
Bowyer celebrates his 300th start Sunday at Kansas Speedway.