HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Brian Vickers will join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013 to run for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
Vickers, a winner of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and the 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, will be sponsored by Dollar General during his 2013 campaign. Vickers will also enter nine races driving the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season.
“I’m very happy to stay in the Toyota family, and when you look at the Nationwide Series over the past several years, no team has dominated like Joe Gibbs Racing,” Vickers said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get Dollar General, Toyota and JGR a Nationwide Series Championship next season.”
Vickers will make his debut with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
Dollar General also announced an expanded sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing. As part of the agreement, Dollar General will sponsor the No. 20 Toyota driven by Matt Kenseth in 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2013, including the Daytona 500.
“We look forward to our expanded partnership with Dollar General in both our Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ programs for next season,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of JGR. “With Matt (Kenseth) and Brian (Vickers) we feel well positioned to deliver great visibility and winning results for the Dollar General brand. Matt is obviously a great talent, and his experience will be invaluable to our race team. Brian has proven to be successful in everything he has raced.”