Leavine Family Racing has signed Kasey Kahne to drive its No. 95 Chevrolet in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Kahne is presently wrapping up his sixth and final season with Hendrick Motorsports, and qualified for the 2017 playoffs as the No. 13 seed. He’ll replace Michael McDowell, who did not qualify for the post-season and has a best finish of fourth at Daytona International Speedway in his 27 starts this year.
“I’ll work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” said Kahne. “I’m ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start.”
“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” said team owner Bob Leavine. “This deals partially with performance because 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.”