Phoenix Racing now has a new owner after James Finch came to an agreement with Harry Scott Jr. Scott will officially take ownership on September 10th, right before the Chase kickoff at Chicagoland. Scott has some big plans in the works for the No.51 team including a new pilot, current Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier.
Allgaier has been working his way into NASCAR's top tier of racing for many years and is finally getting his chance to run with the best of the best. Starting in Chicagoland, Allgaier will make his first start in the Sprint Cup Series, something he has been patiently waiting for.
Allgaier ran limited races in the series for a variety of teams until he earned his first full-time ride in 2006. For three years, Allgaier raced full time in the series, garnishing eight wins and the 2008 ARCA Championship.
In 2009, Allgaier finally advanced in to NASCAR's Junior Varsity series, the Nationwide Series. In his first two seasons in the Nationwide Series, Allgaier drove the No.12 Verizon Wireless Dodge for Penske Racing. With only one win and eleven top-5 finishes, Allgaier moved to Turner Scott Motorsports in 2011 where he still remains today. While behind the wheel of the No.31 Chevrolet, Allgaier has added two victories and multiple top-5 and top-10 finishes to his resume.
After five full seasons in the Nationwide Series, Allgaier is finally getting his chance at the Sprint Cup Series. With new owner Harry Scott by his side and sponsorship from Nationwide Series sponsor Brandt, Allgaier will make three starts this season in NASCAR's top series before taking over the No.51 permanently in 2014.
Allgaier, with his wife and new baby, is more than thrilled to drive for Scott in 2014. “I love competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but I must admit that making my debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be a special day for me," said Allgaier.
Allgaier will make his Sprint Cup series debut at Chicagoland Speedway with new Phoenix Racing owner Harry Scott Jr.