Hey, news that doesn't involve ugly separations! In a confirmation of long-running rumors, Brian Pattie, former crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya, will take over top-of-the-box duties for Clint Bowyer as both join Michael Waltrip Racing.
Bowyer will be driving the No. 15 Five-Hour Energy Toyota Camry. Pattie has won 18 times on the Nationwide circuit, and he guided Montoya to a Chase berth in 2009 and a Watkins Glen win in 2010. Plus, he was able to handle the radio presence of Montoya, hands-down one of the most critical drivers in Sprint Cup.
Bowyer, Pattie and Waltrip all had glowing words for each other in the press release announcing the hiring.
• Waltrip: "Brian is someone whose [sic] been on our radar for a very long time."
• Bowyer: "We both grew up working on dirt cars and have pretty similar backgrounds ... I think we speak the same language."
• Pattie: "I know how close [MWR] is to joining the upper echelon of the Sprint Cup series."
So nice to see team, driver and crew chief so happy together, isn't it?