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It’s Official: MWR Signs Bowyer To Multi-Year Deal

[1]It’s official, Michael Waltrip Racing has signed Clint Bowyer to drive the team’s No. 15 Sprint Cup Toyota Camry in the Cup Series , with sponsorship from 5-Hour Energy, for the next three seasons, starting in 2012. This announcement ends months of speculation [2] about where Bowyer would end up this off-season.

Bowyer said:

This has been a very long summer, but I think for everyone involved, the best decision was made to be at Michael Waltrip Racing.  I am a big fan of 5-hour Energy so I was really happy when they approached me about putting a deal together. We were diligent in working through our options and finally found the right fit. I have been so impressed with what’s going on at MWR. Then when the 5-hour Energy executives met with Michael and his people, we knew this was going to be our home. I’ve been with one organization for my entire Sprint Cup career and leaving there was the hardest part of the decision. But now I’m ready to start the next chapter in my racing career.

MWR co-owner Michael Waltrip said:

This is a watershed moment for our young organization. Clint is a proven winner and consistent Chase participant. He had a lot of options and it makes me proud that Clint and 5-hour Energy chose to race with us. This announcement continues to show our partner Toyota, our sponsors, our employees and the entire NASCAR community that MWR is serious about success and dedicated to winning.

Scott Henderson, president of 5-hour Energy, said:

The chance to add a top notch driver and an avid 5-Hour Energy consumer like Clint Bowyer was one we felt like we could not pass up.  As we both looked at options it became clear that MWR provided us the best opportunity to win races and continue to grow the 5-hour Energy brand. Michael, Rob and the whole team understand the importance of helping our company reach our marketing objectives. We are excited to be working with them, and we can’t wait to see Clint and the 5-hour Energy Toyota in victory lane.

Bowyer has driven for Richard Childress Racing for his entire Cup career. He has four career victories. RCR seemed to want to re-sign him if sponsorship could be found. But, as it became increasingly likely that Bowyer would leave, four team emerged: Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing .

At one point, RPM extended and offer, but then later retracted it [3].