Yet another one of NASCAR’s “worst kept secrets” of 2013, Justin Allgaier and Phoenix Racing have made their 2014 move official.Nov 8, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Justin Allgaier (51) during practice for the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Allgaier will pilot the No.51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet with Allgaier’s longtime sponsor Brandt on board.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to make the most of it,” Allgaier said in a team statement. “I am very grateful to [team owner] Harry Scott and Brandt for having faith in me to compete against the best drivers in the world.”
Allgaier drove for the team in a handful of races in 2013 and was rumored to be one of the eight Rookies in the 2014 Sprint Cup Season. Yesterday, they finally signed the deal.
“Justin has worked extremely hard to get to this level and he is ready to take the next step,” Scott said. “Working with competition director and crew chief Steve Addington, I think the No. 51 can turn some heads this year.”
Allgaier joins Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Truex, Michael Annett, Alex Bowman, Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt in the race for the 2014 Rookie of the Year title.