Last week Bob Leavine of Leavine Family Racing announced that due to events surrounding the Covid-19 virus, he was forced to have to sell his racing team – Leavine Family Racing.
On August 11, Spire Motorsports announced that they have purchased LFR and will be expanding the team from one to two cars.
Leavine will continue to own and operate the team until the final race of the 2020 racing season which concludes at Phoenix Raceway in November.
Currently Leavine has a technical partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing. While Spire will acquire the racing charter; the shop in Concord, North Carolina; and all inventory; the vehicles will be returned to JGR at the end of the season.
Spire Motorsports co-owner Jeff Dickerson spoke on the acquisition saying, “this is an exciting moment for Spire as we take the natural next step in our long-term plan to build our race team and prepare for the Next Gen car in 2022. Bob Leavine invested more than money into LFR and this industry. He built a team brick by brick and we have long admired how he took his own steps in the garage. He also did it with his family at his side. We won’t let that be lost in this transaction. When you build something with your family, it always means a little bit more. His ability to connect with fans was genuine and we are thankful he chose us to carry this team forward.”
Dickerson added, “these are no doubt trying times, but I have never been prouder to be part of this sport. NASCAR has managed several difficult situations this spring and into the summer. We believe in the ownership model that NASCAR has built and where this sport is going now more than ever.”
Spire Motorsports was established in 2018 and is owned by Jeff Dickersn and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr. Spire Motorsports driver Justin Haley won the 2019 edition of the Coke Zero Suga 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Spire will announce car manufacturer and drivers at a later date.
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