Riverside, California native Josh Wise prepares to race in his home state as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Sonoma this weekend. While this will be Wise's first time racing at Sonoma, the Golden State native posted an average finish of 23rd in three NASCAR Nationwide Series road course races last season.
Wise will be piloting the No. 26 Morristown Driver's Service Ford in Sunday's event. He has successfully qualified for 13 of the 14 races he has attempted in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition this season. Sunday's race will mark the 18th career Cup start for Wise, who at the age of 16, became the youngest champion in USAC history.
Josh Wise on Sonoma
"I think every driver looks forward to racing in their home state. I'm very glad to have this opportunity. Our No. 26 Morristown Driver's Service team has worked very hard to qualify for races all season long. Obviously, our first goal this weekend is to qualify for Sunday's race. From there, our team will be looking to post a respectable finish.
"I haven't had a ton of road course experience, but had a lot of fun running the three road races in the Nationwide series last season. Growing up in Riverside, racing at Sonoma has always been a dream of mine. I'm really looking forward to racing there this weekend."