Michael McDowell to depart Front Row Motorsports

Michael McDowell to drive the No. 71 for Spire Motorsports

Spire Motorsports has signed a multi-year deal with Michael McDowell. The driver will fill the seat of the No. 71 beginning in 2025.

The 39-year-old driver made his debut in the series in 2008. Since, he’s run 477 NASCAR Cup Series races collecting two wins along the way.

McDowell will run with teammates Corey LaJoie and Carson Hocevar.

He currently drives the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports.

Michael McDowell comments

“This is a new chapter for my family and me, and we’re incredibly thankful for the opportunity that’s in front of us,” said Michael McDowell.

“It’s going to take some hard work, but I feel like everything is in place for us to be successful as a race team — to win races and contend for championships. People are the greatest asset to any organization, and with Spire’s vision, ambition, knowledge, and dedication, we will achieve great things.”

“Failure is not an option, and that’s the mindset that it will take to achieve our goals.”

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Doug Duchardt

“Michael McDowell is a proven winner and brings a NASCAR Playoff pedigree,” said Spire Motorsports president Doug Duchardt.

“Michael has always been committed to elevate his teams. His experience and enthusiasm are a perfect fit for Spire Motorsports, and we are sure he will be a great teammate to both Carey LaJoie and Carson Hocevar. We’re thrilled to keep up the positive momentum by adding someone as accomplished as Michael to our driver lineup.”

“Our 2024 plan for the No. 71 team remains unchanged. Spire Motorsports fully supports Zane Smith and Stephan Doran. We remain committed to the success of our collaboration with Trackhouse.”

“That team is just beginning to realize its potential. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Rookie of the Year battle plays out between Zane and Carson.”

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Front Row Motorsports Statement

“We thank Michael for all he has done during his time as a driver at Front Row Motorsports,” FRm owner Bob Jenkins stated.

“His 2021 Daytona 500 victory, a dominant win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and two appearances in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs set a new standard for our organization.”

“He became the leader of his team and the organization. Outside the car, he was the model for a driver we want to represent us and our partners.”

“We’re sad to see Michael leave, but with him, Jami and his family nothing but the best as he moves on to another chapter of what is already an incredible racing career.”

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