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.”