Kasey Kahne made the postseason in his final season with Hendrick Motorsports, and now he’ll transition into driving the No. 95 car for Leavine Family Racing in 2018.
While he’ll focus on returning to the postseason again, Kahne said he also plans to race more outside of NASCAR in the next year. According to NBC Sports, Kahne plans to race in the Chili Bowl next month, and he is also considering racing at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida before the Daytona 500.
“I plan on doing a lot of racing next year, working on that,” Kahne said.
Kahne won the Brickyard 400 in 2017 to qualify for the postseason, and he has 18 wins in his Cup Series career.
He will be paired with crew chief Travis Mack next season, and Mack is also coming to Leavine Family Racing from Hendrick Motorsports.
“The whole deal is going to be new and different, all new people, Travis being one of them,” Kahne said. “I don’t know Travis that well. We’re starting to get to know each other better now that we’re working together. He seems very motivated, excited for the role and so am I. I think it’s going to be a fun relationship.”
Kahne, who finished 15th in 2017, is taking over for Michael McDowell next season. William Byron is replacing Kahne at Hendrick.
Leavine Family Racing has never had a driver make the postseason, so the pressure will be on Kahne to deliver in 2018.