Clint Bowyer spent some time Wednesday morning chatting live with fans here at www.kwch.com. You can see the questions and answers in the window below.
Inside the walls of Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, North Carolina is where the Clint Bowyer's familiar yellow and black car is prepped each week for the race. But a closer look revels that not much is familiar about the car, the paint scheme or the shop Bowyer now calls home.
Near the end of last season, the Emporia native made the decision to leave Richard Childress Racing, and start a new journey driving for Waltrip. It was a gamble, considering Childress was the only NASCAR team Bowyer had ever driven for. But on the eve of the 2012 NASCAR Season, Bowyer feels even more confident that moving to Michael Waltrip Racing was the right choice.
"It's a chance to prove myself all over again," said Bowyer. "You know the opportunity to prove myself was first there when I first came to RCR. And man it's all over again."
And all eyes will be on the 15 team this season, after all Bowyer did part ways with one of the most successful organizations in the garage area and joined one that still has a lot to prove. But make no mistake, Bowyer and his team plan on winning races and making NASCAR's version of the playoffs, known as the chase for the championship.
"If we can pull this off and go out and have success, It's going to do so much for me and building my brand and making me look good," said Bowyer. "I mean it really is. This is an opportunity for me to really build on what I've established."
Brian Pattie will serve as Bowyer's crew chief in 2012. And he agrees. "We've both won races and we didn't come here to be 15th in points," said Pattie.
The experience Bowyer brings has certainly grabbed the attention of those around him at MWR. The team has put a lot of faith in the belief that the Kansas native can take the organization to the next level.
"The main thing that he brings is a track record that is very impressive," said team owner Michael Waltrip. "A Nationwide championship, I think three chase appearances in his few years he's been in cup, race wins, sponsors love him media, loves him. He's just a guy that you would want on your team."
Added teammate Martin Truex, Junior, "Obviously he's a proven winner, a proven contender. I've known Clint a long time he's a good guy, fun to work with. He's going to bring a lot to the table."
And when asked what will be his story when it's written at the end of the season, he answers:
"Hopefully, just that hard work pays off, and that the reward was worth the risk."
Bowyer has had sort of mixed bag to start the his move to MWR. He finished fifth in the the Bud Shootout, an exhibition race held last Saturday. But he failed post qualifying inspection on Sunday and will starts Thursday's qualifying race for the Daytona 500 at the back of the field. Those races determine the starting position for the first race that counts, Sunday's Daytona 500.