Pilot Flying J is proud to be sponsoring Richard Petty Motorsport's No.43 Michael Annett. Michael will be driving the No.43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang in the 2012 Nationwide Series.
Driver Details - Michael Annett
Team: Driver of Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang
Birth Date: June 23, 1986
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Residence: Mooresville, N.C.
Marital Status: Single
Hobbies: Cycling, Working Out, Boating
Born and raised in America's heartland, 24 year-old Michael Annett dreamed of a career as a professional athlete. The talented Des Moines, Iowa native had a natural talent for ice hockey and quickly advanced through the ranks. Annett caught the eye of regional and national talent scouts and joined a tier one AAA team, Team Illinois, at the age of 16 and led them to the 2002 Calgary Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament Championship.
After a successful season with Team Illinois as the league's leader in penalty minutes, Annett joined the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and earned honors as the 2004 USHL "Most Improved Player". The Hawkeye native remained with the team for two seasons and earned a Clark Cup Championship. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, Annett opted to hang up his hockey skates for a steering wheel.
Annett's crowning glory came at his debut on the largest track on the ARCA Racing Series tour, the famed Talladega Superspeedway. Partnering with Bill Davis Racing and carrying the colors of loyal sponsor Pilot Travel Centers, Annett led laps en route to a historic win under the watchful eye of veteran crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. In only four series career starts, Annett visited Victory Lane and was the first driver in series' history to put a Toyota there as well.
Annett continued his relationship with Germain Racing and Pilot Travel Centers for the 2009 and 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series seasons behind the wheel of the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota Camry. Annett finished out the 2009 season 10th in the championship point standings and tallied up four top-10, 10 top-15 and 21 top-20 finishes. As a 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, Annett ended his rookie Nationwide Series season third in Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings and earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors at five races throughout the season. His 2010 Nationwide Series campaign produced two top-10, 11 top-15 and 24 top-20 finishes.
For the 2011 season, Annett joined forces with Rusty Wallace Racing to drive the No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota Camry. Contending in his third full season in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, Annett finished the season ninth in championship points with seven top-10 and 14 top-15 finishes.
In January, Annett announced he would be joining forces with Richard Petty Motorsports to drive the No. 43 Ford Mustang for RPM's newly formed NASCAR Nationwide Series team. Annett will be paired with Crew Chief Philippe Lopez for the 2012 season.
About Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty Motorsports (www.richardpettymotorsports.com), co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer RichardPetty, Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron,fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with sponsorship from Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.