NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner Harry Scott Jr. announced on Wednesday that the team formerly known as Phoenix Racing is now HScott Motorsports. The team will still field the No. 51 Chevrolet, and former Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier will be behind the wheel.
“I am truly looking forward to the 2014 season,” Scott said. “We have two great drivers in place with Justin Allgaier and Bobby Labonte. We’ve parntered with great sponsors, and the team is ready and excited for Daytona. Now that we have launched the HScott Motorsports brand, everything is in place. We can’t wait for the season to get started and to get back to racing.”
Allgaier will drive the No. 51 full-time in 2014 for the newly-renamed team, while Labonte will drive a second entry, carrying the No. 52, in the Daytona 500, scheduled for Feb. 23, and other select races.
Scott is also co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, which competes in NASCAR’s Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. Allgaier formerly drove for TSM in Nationwide competition. Scott purchased Phoenix Racing from longtime owner James Finch during the 2013 race season and continued competition under the Phoenix Racing banner. Since purchasing the race team, Scott has strengthened its alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, which was already supplying engines to the team.
Jimmy Elledge, who worked with Allgaier in the Nationwide Series and was an interim crew chief at the end of 2013 on the No. 51 Phoenix Racing team, remains with HScott Motorsports, but moves over the to the part-time No. 52 team to serve as Labonte’s crew chief. Veteran Sprint Cup Series crew chief Steve Addington has been hired to be the organization’s Competition Director and crew chief for Allgaier on the No. 51 team. Finch will be an advisor for HScott Motorsports and will be listed as the owner of the No. 52 car.
– Photo courtesy of HScott Motorsports