Michael McDowell made a quick switch to Spire Motorsports for the 2025 NASCAR Cup Series, citing the need for long-term security in his career and family life. This move comes after seven years with Front Row Motorsports, where he won two races and made two playoff appearances, including a victory in the Daytona 500.

By the Numbers
  • Michael McDowell drove for Front Row Motorsports for seven years.
  • McDowell has made over 470 starts in the Cup Series.
Yes, But State of Play
  • McDowell has signed a multiyear deal with Spire Motorsports, driving the No. 71 Chevrolet beginning next season.
  • At Spire Motorsports, McDowell will be teammates with Corey LaJoie and Carson Hocevar. Zane Smith is being fielded in a Spire Motorsports entry this season in a deal with Trackhouse Racing.
What's Next

McDowell looks forward to the opportunity to continue building his career in the Cup Series and aims to achieve the ultimate goals of winning races and competing for a championship.

Bottom Line

Michael McDowell's move to Spire Motorsports reflects the growing need for long-term security in the NASCAR Cup Series, underscoring the importance of stability and future prospects for drivers in the sport.