Reed Sorenson and Biagi-DenBeste Racing will unite two of American motorsports' most revered icons - Carroll Shelby and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - this weekend when the No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Company Ford Mustang makes its third start of the 2012 racing season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
This weekend marks the first occasion that the Nationwide Series competes at the heralded speedway, known worldwide as "The Brickyard." Although it will be the initial start at the 2.5-mile track for Biagi-DenBeste Racing, its driver is not lacking in experience.
Sorenson captured a pole for the 2007 Brickyard 400, one of the premier events each year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Sorenson earned a fifth-place finish that year and also has finishes of 13th and 17th in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
"Every racecar driver wants to go to Indianapolis and compete for a win," said Sorenson. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to go this weekend with our Carroll Shelby Engine Company Ford Mustang and try my hand at a Nationwide Series win."
Sorenson, a winner of four races in the Nationwide Series, has previous runs of 16th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 13th at Kentucky Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 98 Carroll Shelby Engine Company Ford Mustang, which this season, is being dedicated to the memory of the late Carroll Shelby, who passed away in May.
"At the beginning of the race season, we set out to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Shelby American," said Bill DenBeste, co-owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. "With Carroll Shelby's recent passing, we've dedicated the race season to his memory. His legacy started on the track, and there is no better way to celebrate his storied career."
Source: Reed Sorenson media