MCDOWELL HOMECOMING AT PHOENIX
Leavine Family Racing Honors Team Veterans Heading into Final Two Races
CONCORD, N.C. (November 6, 2014) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell will be returning to his hometown this week as the Leavine Family Racing team heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500.
McDowell was born in Glendale, Arizona and grew up racing BMX bicycles and karting. He won the World Karting Association Championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships before moving on to Formula racing and eventually entering NASCAR.
“I always enjoy going to Phoenix and spending time with family,” said McDowell. “We tested at PIR last month with some of the Chase contenders, so from a competition standpoint, I’m feeling confident for this race.”
In honor of Veterans Day, Leavine Family Racing wants to thank the following No. 95 team members for their service to our country:
- Kenneth Roettger Jr., Active U.S.M.C. 1993-97
- Bob Moore, Active Army 1976-80
- Brad Carson, National Guard
“We want to take a moment to thank our veterans at Leavine Family Racing,” said owner Bob Leavine. “Kenn, Bob and Brad are key members of our race team and in addition to the appreciation we have for what they do for LFR, we certainly want to thank them for their service to our country.”
McDowell is scheduled to make an appearance for KLOVE, the team’s primary sponsor for this race, at Winter Jam in Glendale, Az. on Friday night. Winter Jam is a Christian music event featuring live concerts by the top artists in Christian music and worship and ministry. For more information, please visit www.JamTour.com.
Leavine Family Racing will hold a special presentation in the media center at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MT featuring Michael McDowell, Thrivent Financial and Operation Heal Our Patriots. Thrivent Financial will donate $10,000 to Operation Heal Our Patriots, a Samaritan’s Purse program designed to strengthen the marriages of wounded members of the U.S. Military. The check presentation will include guests of honor Johnny and Shannon Montoya, a married couple from Prescott, Ariz., who is participating in the Operation Heal Our Patriots program. Johnny served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008.
Race fans can tune-in to the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Nov. 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.