McDowell lands full time Sprint Cup ride for 2012
By Steve Pouliot - 17 February 2012: Five year NASCAR vet Michael McDowell has been tabbed to run the full 2012 Sprint Cup season for Phil Parsons Racing. McDowell will pilot the #98 Ford Fusion for Parsons and new partner Mike Curb. Parsons merged his team with Whitney Motorsports during the off-season hoping to increase fortunes for the '12 season.
The #98 Fusion will run Roush power under the hood. The head will be headed up by crew chief Gene Nead, who has worked with McDowell in previous Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series efforts at PPR and Michael Waltrip Racing.
"This is the opportunity I've been looking for – to work with various Christian music outlets, Mike Curb and Curb Records, and our other partnerships that are taking shape,” said McDowell, who has 84 Sprint Cup starts to his credit. “This opportunity will allow me to expand my brand and put me in a position to work with the types of companies I've been wanting to work with for a long time. On the racetrack, I’m excited about the chance to have my best NASCAR season ever.”