Michael Annett’s recovery period from his accident in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway will sideline him for approximately six to eight weeks.
Tuesday, the Richard Petty Motorsports team announced Reed Sorenson will fill in for Annett in the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford.
Annett was injured in the second-to-last accident in the Nationwide race, and his injuries were initially overlooked in the aftermath of the massive last lap crash that sent Kyle Larson’s car airborne, into the front straight catch fencing.
Annett had surgery in late February for a fractured sternum. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach immediately after the accident.
He finished fifth in the 2012 Nationwide standings, with six top-five finishes. Sorenson started the first two races of this season in the No. 40 entry for The Motorsports Group.
Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.
For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.
Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.
Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.