Finally the long running rumor is over.
Brian Pattie has been named the crew chief for Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012.
“Brian is someone whose been on our radar for a very long time,” said Waltrip in a statement released on Monday. “He brings a strong technical background, along with great leadership and Chase 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 comes to MWR after 19 victories in a long NASCAR Nationwide Series career with a variety of drivers and a Sprint Cup stint at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing as the crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya. Pattie guided him to a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase in 2009 and a victory at Watkins Glen in 2010.
Pattie called MWR “an up-and-coming team making improvements every day. “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.”
Clint Bowyer said he is definitely ready to race.
“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.”