Pattie, Bowyer will join ranks for 2012

Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Brian Pattie will
join the organization as crew chief for NASCAR Sprint Cup driver
Clint Bowyer.

“Brian is someone whose been on our radar for a very long
time,” team owner Michael Waltrip said. “He brings a
strong technical background, along with great leadership and Chase
[for the Sprint Cup] 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 has 18 career Nationwide Series wins and has worked in
the Sprint Cup Series as crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya at
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. He led Montoya to a berth in the 2009
Chase and a win at Watkins Glen International in 2010.

“Michael Waltrip Racing is an up-and-coming team making
improvements every day,” said Pattie, a Zephyrhills, Fla.,
native who began his duties at MWR on Dec. 1.

“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 is already familiar with Pattie.

“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,” said Bowyer. “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.”

The 2012 season will also be Bowyer’s first with the
organization.

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