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Published on December 6th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith


MWR Announces Pattie As Bowyer’s Crew Chief

Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Brian Pattie has signed with the team to serve as crew chief with Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota next season. Pattie has won 18 Nationwide Series races with several drivers. He also served as a Sprint Cup crew chief with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Team owner Michael Waltrip said:

Brian is someone whose been on our radar for a very long time. He brings a strong technical background, along with great leadership and Chase experience. We have high hopes for Brian, Clint and the 5-hour ENERGY team heading into 2012 and we think this is the perfect mix of talent, experience and leadership.

Pattie added:

Michael Waltrip Racing is an up-and-coming team making improvements every day. I know how close it is to joining the upper echelon of the Sprint Cup Series. When I started talking with Michael about opportunities at MWR I really did my research and was impressed by their commitment to getting to the top of the sport. I feel like this is a great opportunity to join a new team with a new driver and start building something special. Clint’s proven how good he is and I know that will get even better in 2012.

Bowyer said:

I’ve known Brian Pattie for a long time and the thing that impresses me the most is how he calls a race and his knowledge of racecars. We both grew up working on dirt cars and have pretty similar backgrounds. We understand each other and I think we speak the same language. I know once we get together and start working we’re going to see great results.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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