Leavine Family Racing announced the long-awaited official Tuesday: Christopher Bell will switch to the Cup next season and ride the team's Toyota # 95.
The 24-year-old Bell, who has won through Toyota's developmental ranks, will take over the car for Matt DiBenedetto in 2020. Bells crew boss in the Xfinity series, Jason Ratcliff, will join him in Team # 95. Current crew chief Mike Wheeler remains the team leader. Michael Leavine leaves this position and becomes vice president of racing.
Leavine Family Racing also announced an improved technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Development. TRD will continue to build the team's engines, providing technology, data and technical support. The improvements to the technical alliance between JGR and LFR, which started with the 201
"I said from the beginning that I want this team to be competitive," said Bob Leavine, founder of the LFR team, in a statement. "Christopher is one of the most talented riders we've seen in the ranks of NASCAR, and along with the support of JGR and Toyota, I'm confident our team will continue to grow, as we did last year, and we're definitely looking forward to our relationship to advance to JGR and TRD as the technical partnership takes the next step forward. "
Bell explained:" Since childhood, I wanted to make a career race to do this next step with the support of LFR, JGR and Toyota in the Driving a NASCAR Cup series is just a dream come true, it also means a lot to me that Rheem is going to the cup race with me, and without her support I would not be able to represent Procore today. " Bell will make its cup debut in the 2020 Daytona 500, the team said.  "TRD and Toyota have worked with Bell on the dirt road since early days and we're proud of it that he has prevailed on NASCAR's highest level, "said David Wilson, president of TRD, in a statement. "Christopher is a special talent and we are happy that he has won races and championships in a Toyota.
"We look forward to his continued growth and success at Leavine Family Racing in 2020. We are also pleased with the result. The relationship between JGR and LFR has evolved in the first season together. We are confident that this enhanced alliance for 2020 will make them a threat to race wins week after week.
Bell is in his second full season in the Xfinity series for Joe Gibbs Racing. In the playoff opener in Richmond last week, he has won a victory that sent him to the second round. The victory in Richmond was Bell's seventh win of the season and his 15th in 68 Xfinity races – a gain of 22.1%.
Bell seeks his first Xfinity title. In 2017 he won the Truck Series Championship.
"There was no one who won all three championships," Bell said last weekend in Richmond, when asked what's on his mind for the event's final race of the year with its 2020 edition Spot. "It has been one of my goals since childhood, and I wanted to set records, break records." I love it when we qualify. Being able to be the first driver to have … championships (in every series) would be a pretty cool record. "