RCR Tabs Bowyer
October 8, 2004 | 3:46 P.M. EST
Clint Bowyer of Emporia, Kan., has been named the new driver of the No. 2 ACDelco Monte Carlo for Richard Childress Racing for the 2005 season. Bowyer, who split driving duties in the No. 21 RCR Reese's Chevrolet in 2004 with former NASCAR Busch Series champion Kevin Harvick, has three top-five and five top-10 finishes in just 11 Busch Series starts.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to drive the ACDelco Chevrolet for RCR," said Bowyer. "This is a dream come true for me and my family. The ACDelco Chevrolet is a proven car that has won races and championships." In fact, the blue deuce has won a NASCAR Busch Series-best three championships and 27 races since 1997. Accomplishments that Bowyer knows he has to live up to next year. "My job is to not only keep the ACDelco Chevy up front, but to take it to another level," adds Bowyer. "RCR has committed to give this team everything it needs to win and I am very confident that we can do just that."
Bowyer's career has taken off since winning double track championships on both dirt and asphalt in his home state of Kansas. But many view his success in two ARCA Re-Max Series starts in 2003 as the performance that captured his owner Richard Childress eyes.
"Clint's aggressive style of driving is what first caught my eye," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "He knows what it takes to win races and championships and I've really been impressed with his performance in the small number of races he competed in for RCR this year. Some very good drivers have taken their turns in the ACDelco Chevrolet over the years and Clint has earned the opportunity to make his own history in it and continue that winning tradition."
Bowyer replaces veteran NASCAR driver Ron Hornaday, whose departure from RCR was based on a mutual decision by he and Richard Childress. Bowyer said his connection with Hornaday makes the move both exciting and bittersweet. "I have the most respect in the world for Ron," said Bowyer. "He taught me a lot this year. To get to drive the car that he drove is very exciting. I just wish he was still going to be my teammate."
The move from a veteran like Hornaday to a young aggressive lion like Bowyer caught many in the Busch Series garage off guard. But ACDelco General Manager Scott Mackie said change is sometimes needed to stay ahead in both business and racing.
"Change isn't easy, but it's inevitable and can be exciting and rewarding," said Mackie. "Our primary objective in our partnership with RCR has been to greatly increase the value of ACDelco to our direct and secondary customers. Through the awareness and exposure of our sponsorship with RCR, we continue to exceed expectations in the marketplace. This is an exciting time for ACDelco, and we hope customers will continue to use ACDelco for all their aftermarket needs."