Bowyer will drive the No. 15 with 5 Hour Energy as the primary sponsor for the next three Sprint Cup seasons, joining Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann to make Michael Waltrip Racing a three car team starting in 2012.
“This has been a very long summer, but I think for everyone involved, the best decision was made to be at Michael Waltrip Racing,” said Bowyer.
“I am a big fan of 5-hour ENERGY so I was really happy when they approached me about putting a deal together. We were diligent in working through our options and finally found the right fit. I have been so impressed with what’s going on at MWR. Then when the 5-hour ENERGY executives met with Michael (Waltrip) and his people, we knew this was going to be our home.”
Bowyer, who is currently in his sixth full-time season at NASCAR’s top level, has earned four career wins, two pole positions, 30 top-five finishes and 90 top-10s in 210 Sprint Cup starts. Bowyer shifts from the powerhouse team led by Richard Childress, to a team which has only scored two wins over their five year career.
“I’ve been with one organization for my entire Sprint Cup career and leaving there was the hardest part of the decision,” said Bowyer. “But now I’m ready to start the next chapter in my racing career.
“Michael Waltrip Racing is a growing team that is hiring a lot of the right people and on the brink of breaking out. I know I’m joining it at the right time.”