Ryan Truex announced via Twitter that he would not be making his Sprint Cup Series and Phoenix Racing debut at Richmond as planned. On Easter, he broke his collarbone in two places and will need to let it heal before he is sent to rehab in May.
Truex will now make his debut at Dover later this season, which he and his brother Martin, consider their hometown track.
So who will drive for James Finch that weekend? AJ Allmendinger!
Originally, Allmendinger was going to be in attendance for Indy 500 rookie orientation, but that was postponed. Now he will drive for Finch in his No. 51 entry. Allmendinger was also suppose to race at Kansas the following week, but Roger Penske confirmed Allmendinger will indeed drive his No. 2 IndyCar at Long Beach that weekend.
Finch and his Phoenix Racing team sit 11th in owner point standings after fielding three different drivers this season: Allmendinger, Austin Dillon, and Regan Smith.
2013 has been quite successful for Phoenix Racing as they’ve been running consistently and find themselves running high in the owner point standings.
2012 was very miserable for them and Kurt Busch. Bad publicity, no sponsorship and constant mechanical issues kept them from running decent at all last season.