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Leavine team owner: ‘We are working on expanding for 2020’

Leavine Family Racing could expand from a one-car team to a two-vehicle operation as soon as the 2020 season, team owner Bob Leavine told SportsMap.com in Houston on Wednesday.

“Yes, we are working on expanding for 2020 right now,” Leavine said during a Q-and-A session. “It’s just a matter of sponsorship because we can put the people on it, and we have the organization and Toyota Racing Development will support that. So yes, we are working to expand.”

This is Leavine Family Racing’s first year under the Toyota umbrella and with a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Matt DiBenedetto joined the No. 95 operation in the offseason, replacing veteran Kasey Kahne in the seat. DiBenedetto led 49 laps in the season-opening Daytona 500, and Leavine indicated he’s pleased with the driver’s progress.

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“We were going to run two cars for this year with Daniel Suarez and a driver we selected, but that didn’t work out,” Leavine said. “But overall, I am happy with how everything turned out. I am glad we got Matt DiBenedetto because he wanted to come here.”

Leavine announced in October 2018 that DiBenedetto was joining the organization with a two-year deal.