Annett will pilot the No. 7 Chevrolet with sponsorship form Pilot Flying J. Annett will make his Sprint Cup debut for the team in February at the Daytona 500. He will run for the Rookie of the Year against the likes of Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, and possibly Justin Allgaier and Parker Kligerman.
“Driving in the Cup Series has been my goal ever since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with Tommy, who is one of the main reasons I made the move to North Carolina in the first place, makes this extra special," Annett said. "I’m looking forward to continuing what we started – winning two races in the ARCA Series and running well in Trucks. Pilot Flying J has been with me just as long, they have been a tremendous partner and I’m honored to represent them on the sport’s biggest stage.”
The 27-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa started his career with Bill Davis Racing in 2007 and 2008 with Tommy Baldwin as his crew chief. Annett won the ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega in 2007 and at Daytona in 2008. Baldwin will serve as crew chief for Annett on the No. 7 in 2014 which is the same role he has with his own team this year with driver Dave Blaney.
“To have Michael on board for next year, and to have a great partner like Pilot Flying J, is big for our team," Baldwin said. "Since we went Cup racing about five years ago, we’ve grown and gotten better with each passing season. This is the next logical step, and I believe there’s a lot of potential for Michael to come in and do good things in our racecars.”
TBR will also use Richard Childress Racing cars in 2014 and Earnhardt-Childess Racing engines.
Annett has made 162 career Nationwide Series starts and has 34 top 10 finishes. He had 17 of those top 10's en route to finishing fifth in the points last season for Richard Petty Motorsports. This season with RPM was derailed after a crash at Daytona to open the season sidelined him for the next eight races. Annett is currently sits 15th in points with four top 10 finishes in the 24 races he has competed in.
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