Spartanburg, South Carolina based Phoenix Racing has been sold to the co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports, it was announced today. Harry Scott Jr. will formally take control of Phoenix from James Finch on September 10, 2013 and the team will make its debut five days later at Chicagoland Speedway.
"This is a very proud day for me as I will have the opportunity to compete against the best teams in motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as the owner of Phoenix Racing,” said Scott, in a release. “I am going to build a championship contender with hard work, the right people and the right partners. This team has a great foundation thanks to the efforts of James Finch. There is a lot to build upon and I am looking forward to getting started.”
One of the first decisions Scott made was to bring veteran Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier with him from TSM. The 27 year old Riverton, Illinois native will be making his first career Sprint Cup Series start in the Geico 400. Allgaier's crew chief will be Nick Harrison.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity and grateful to Mr. Scott that he’s asked me to drive for him in the No. 51 Chevrolet, Allgaier said. “I love competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but I must admit that making my debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be a special day for me.” Allgaier is currently fifth in the NNS standings.
Allgaier will also be behind the wheel for Scott at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and BRANDT has signed on as the primary sponsor for each of those races. BRANDT has been the primary sponsor of Allgaier’s Nationwide No. 31 Chevrolet.
“We are celebrating the company’s 60th Anniversary and so this move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is made even more special because we are debuting at our home track at Chicagoland,” said Brandt CEO Rick Brandt.
Scott intends to keep Phoenix intact for the remainder of the season and retained general manager Steve Barkdoll. The team’s relationships and alliances with Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will also continue.