Richard Petty Motorsports announced that NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Reed Sorenson, has been hired temporarily to fill the shoes of their driver Michael Annett.
Annett was injured in a multi-car wreck at Daytona International Speedway that send his NO. 43 Mustang head on into the wall. He was hospitalized over night before he saw two doctors, both of whom suggested he needed to have surgery for his injuries. He had successful surgery this past Friday and is expected to make a full recovery, but will miss the next two months of racing.
Last week, the team asked Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola to drive the car in Annett’s place. He brought the No. 43 Ford Mustang home for a ninth place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
Sorenson was hired to drive for Key Motorsports this season in their No. 40 Camaro. No word on who will drive in his place, but Sorenson returning to a top-tier team must be an exciting step even if its just temporary. It will give him a chance to show the other teams what he truly is capable of. He was fired from Turner Motorsports in the middle of the championship run a few years ago and since then has struggled to find a quality ride.