The single car team of Leavine Family Racing was founded in 2011 by Bob and Sharon Leavine. The team would run a limited number of races until the 2016 season when LFR started running full time.
Leavine Family Racing has had an average finish of 27.5 during their time in the Monster Energy Cup Series. While the team puts a lot of passion into their work, they have not had the best results to show for it.
Leavine Family Racing made a major driver change announcement during the off season, Matt DiBenedetto would be behind the wheel for their 2019 season. They also announced that they would be switching manufacturers to Toyota with support from Toyota Racing Development and Joe Gibbs Racing. LFR made these changes in an effort to become more competitive for an uncertain season.
Leavine Family Racing 2019 Season
Leavine Family Racing started out strong in the Daytona 500 by leading 49 laps before getting turned in front of the field early in the race. The day was done for Leavine Family Racing and it left many wondering if they would have been able to win. It didn’t end well but it showed that they have some strength.
Atlanta and Las Vegas were not the results they were hoping either, as for both races ended with DiBenedetto finishing in the mid 20s. It was not what a lot would consider a good run but it was improvement over their previous runs at the tracks and they were learning from their mistakes.
Matt DiBenedetto managed to race inside the top 20 for a large portion of the race in Phoenix however, getting up as far as the top 10. Leavine Family Racing was looking like they were well on their way to a top 10 finish when they had a mechanical issue that resulted in a 28th place finish. Regardless, the finish was not indicative of the run they had for the majority of the race.
The Future is Hopeful
While none of us have a crystal ball or the ability to see the future, it’s easy to see that Leavine Family Racing has a hopeful one. They have all the pieces needed and a team that works really hard, as well as a very talented driver. More importantly, they have the support of Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Development. Don’t be surprised to see this team up towards the front sometime this season. Leavine Family Racing is on a hopeful road that could lead to filling a trophy case.