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Front Row Motorsports Finalizes Two-Car Line-Up

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Front Row Motorsports is hoping a new driver, along with heightened manufacture support, allow them to reach the next level.

The Bob Jenkins-owned organization announced on Thursday that David Ragan will remain with the team, and be joined by Michael McDowell. 

“Ford has been a great partner for us for the past eight seasons, and we’ve agreed to work together to step up our program quite a bit,” Jenkins said. “We’ve got a lot vested in our partnership – relationships, knowledge, data – that we’re going to build on to make improvements both in the shop and at the track.

“David has been a great team member for us in his years with Front Row, both on and off the track. And Michael is a great addition to our team. I’ve been impressed with his talent watching him over the years and excited that he’ll be representing us and our partners next season.”

This will mark Regan’s fifth year with the team after earning them their first career victory in 2013 at Talladega Superspeedway. In 12 seasons of competition, he has two wins and 39 top-10 finishes.

“Bob Jenkins and I have developed a good relationship over the years, both professionally and personally,” Ragan said. “I believe in this team and am proud to have been part of its growth and its successes. I’m excited that Bob and Ford have agreed to take the program to the next level, and I’m happy I’ll be here to help the team continue to grow.”

McDowell joins the team after spending the last four seasons with Leavine Family Racing, earning a career-best fourth-place finish at Daytona in July. The 32-year-old has been involved in the sport for 10 years, winning the ARCA Re/MAX Series Rookie of the Year in 2007.

“Since I first drove for Bob at Watkins Glen, we’ve kept in touch and have felt like there might be an opportunity to work together again, and the timing worked out perfectly,” McDowell said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a teammate, so I’m really looking forward to working with David, whom I’ve become pretty good friends with over the years. As a team now, we go into the season knowing we have five or six races that put us in position to get a win and earn a spot in the playoffs.”

The team also stated that they have elevated their partnership with Ford Performance, including an expanded technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing.

Front Row Motorsports added that the crew chief line-up has yet to be finalized, and will be announced in the coming weeks, along with sponsorship and driver number details.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.