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.