What Next for Toyota Jr Driver Christopher Bell in 2021 as Leavine Family Racing is Sold?

Published 08/06/2020, 6:43 AM EDT


NASCAR Cup Series team Leavine Family Racing (LFR), featuring youngster Christopher Bell, has reached an agreement for sale.

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There were strong rumors about the same in recent times, and the team confirmed the news on Tuesday. Sharon and Bob Levine were at the helm of the family-run Leavine Family Racing team.

The owners said they could not recover financially from the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic and were forced to sell the team. The team will see off the end of the 2020 season in the current set-up.

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Looking to finish strong, says Christopher Bell

“This year has been challenging for not only our race team, but our industry, our country, and the entire world. The pandemic has impacted our economy and unfortunately, that’s just not something we are able to overcome in order to continue racing beyond this season,” owner Bob Levine said in a statement.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to compete in the Cup series for LFR, and I’m focused on finishing the year strong and going after not only my first win but the teams as well,” Bell said after the announcement.

Christopher Bell made his Cup Series debut with the team in February. Bell currently drives the No. 95 car for Leavine Family Racing. He has five top-10 finishes and a top-5 finish so far this season.

Many expect the 25-year-old to have a bright future in NASCAR.

What next for promising youngster Bell in NASCAR?

This begs the question of what’s next for Christopher Bell after LFR ceases to exist.

FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass spoke about the various possibilities for the young driver going ahead.

Pockrass said that all the cars will go back to Joe Gibbs Racing, who is currently associated with LFR. Spire Motorsports is likely to buy all the assets and inventory of LFR.

The question now is what happens to Christopher Bell. Does he replace Erik Jones in the No. 20 car at Joe Gibbs Racing? Or does Joe Gibbs Racing stick with Jones,” said Pockrass in a video posted on Twitter.

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“Does Toyota find a new alliance partner to fit what Christopher Bell would want? That seems unlikely,” he added.

“To me, it’s going to come down to whether Gibbs wants Jones or Bell,” Pockrass added further.

Jones and Bell are both in contention for a spot at Hendrick Motorsports as per Pockrass. Jimmie Johnson retires after this season, leaving a void that could be filled by either one of the two young drivers.

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SOURCE- Twitter- FOX: NASCAR, Racingnews.co

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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