Michael Annett will be back behind the wheel of the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports when the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes the green flag on Saturday for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annett has been sidelined since the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with a broken and dislocated sternum suffered in a wreck at Daytona in February.
“Obviously, I can’t wait to get back into the No. 43,” Annett said. “It has been a long three months, and I am more than ready to jump back in the car. The accident at Daytona was disappointing for our team, but I’m very grateful for the amount of support I had from the team, NASCAR, family, friends and fans, and not to mention the outstanding medical team that helped me through all of this. Whit it was really hard to be on the sidelines, I realize that it was even more important to heal properly.”
During the time off, Annett underwent surgery for the injury. Meanwhile, Reed Sorenson filled in as driver of the No. 43 car. Sorenson’s best finish in the car with a 10th-place showing in April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
This is Annett’s second year with RPM. In his first season with the team, he posted six top-fives and 7 top-10 finishes in the 33 races that made up the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule. He finished fifth in the championship points standings.
“The entire team is really excited to have Michael back in the car,” crew chief Philippe Lopez said. “We had such high hopes for a good season, since the end of 2012 was so good for us.”
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