Earlier this season, despite a win at Indianapolis, Hendrick Motorsports announced Kasey Kahne would not return to HMS for the 2018 season. It has now been revealed where Kahne will be for 2018.
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced that Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 95 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.
Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR’s primary driver for the 2018 season.
As a single car charter team, LFR has continued to improve its average finish throughout the 2017 MENCS season.
Through a press release, LFR said they feel that Kahne, winner of the Brickyard 400 in 2017, would not only be a top driver for the team in the MENCS series in 2018, but also be instrumental in assisting the team to attract new sponsorship in the future.
Kahne said that he was thankful for the opportunity.
“I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” said Kahne.
“I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start. Bob and everyone at Leavine Family Racing put a lot into their program and I’m excited to become a part of it.”
“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” said LFR team owner, Bob Leavine.
“This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship.”
The owner of the LFR single-car team said that Kahne felt like a good fit and that it was time for a change at the team.
“There is absolutely nothing that Michael [McDowell] did, it was just a matter of us having to make some changes to help us move up the ladder and be a factor in the playoffs,” Leavine said.
“I know Kasey will bring things that will help us, and I believe our environment will be conducive to his confidence level, which will in turn raise our confidence level. It just seemed like the right time and the right fit for our team.”