SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Phoenix Racing has confirmed Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Allgaier, who finished fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings last year, will be one of eight candidates to win rookie-of-the-year honors in the Sprint Cup Series.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to make the most of it,” said Allgaier. “I am very grateful to Harry Scott and BRANDT for having faith in me to compete against the best drivers in the world.”
“Justin has worked extremely hard to get to this level and he is ready to take the next step,” said team owner Harry Scott Jr. “Working in conjunction with competition director and crew chief Steve Addington, I think the No. 51 team can turn some heads this year.”
BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for the No. 51 for 21 races.
The 27-year-old Allgaier joins Bobby Labonte as a teammate at Phoenix Racing. Labonte will pilot the No. 52 for several races in 2014, including the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway. Labonte has won 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in his 22-year career and was the series champion in 2000.