Grand-Am Series regular Ryan Ellis will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the year on Saturday in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He'll be behind the wheel of the No. 52 Means Racing Chevrolet.
"This is something that didn't look possible at the beginning of the year, due to a schedule conflict with my prior Grand-Am commitments," Ellis said. "When the opportunity presented itself to get back behind the wheel of the No. 52 Means Racing Chevrolet, I couldn't pass it up. Racing in the Nationwide Series last year was one of the most exciting events in my career, and I can't thank Jimmy and the team enough for this opportunity. The field looks really tough for this weekend, but we have faith that we'll have a competitive car and will be able to qualify well."
While Mid-Ohio is new to the Nationwide circuit, Ellis is very familiar with the track. His racing accomplishments include a national championship won with a Superlite Coupe at the track.
Ellis heads into his lone Nationwide race this year, coming off of four top-five finishes in Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge competition.