NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne will be leaving the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS and climbing into the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – his fifth organization. Kahne has been with Hendrick for each of the last five seasons, scoring six race wins over that period.
“I feel like [Leavine Family Racing has] really made a lot of gains in the past couple years,” Kahne says. “It’s pretty cool to watch, any time you see a small team do what they’ve done in our sport.
“The opportunity will be a challenge, but also a lot of fun. I enjoy a challenge and I enjoy working with people. The best part about it is us all being a team and trying to improve every single weekend and learning from what we do one week and improving the next. I think that’s something we’ll be able to do. And I’m really excited about it.”
Kahne will be replacing Michael McDowell on the Leavine Family Racing team. Earlier this season, McDowell delivered the team its only top-five result for 2017: a fourth-place finish at Daytona.
The search is still on for a new crew chief to pair with Kasey Kahne. Bob Leavine says that he is open to bringing in people with whom Kahne has worked in the past.
“It was exciting to get the process started and now for the news to be out, we’ll be looking at where we want to be crew chief-wise,” says Leavine. “That’s a really important relationship between the driver and crew chief. Who is the right person? You do a lot of discussion and try to make the best decision you can.”