IRL's Buddy Rice to drive No. 88 at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Buddy Rice, a veteran of the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis 500, will attempt to make his NASCAR Truck Series debut in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, November 14, it was announced Tuesday. Rice is...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Buddy Rice, a veteran of the Indy Racing League and Indianapolis 500, will attempt to make his NASCAR Truck Series debut in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, November 14, it was announced Tuesday. Rice is slated to drive the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet fielded by ThorSport Racing as a teammate to Matt Crafton in the No. 98 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet.

"We're delighted to be able to bring Buddy Rice to NASCAR racing this week at Homestead," said Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing. "He's a tremendous talent who showed us Monday that he can successfully make the transition from Indy racing to NASCAR racing in our truck."

Rice was among the drivers that participated in an open test session at the Homestead track Monday, November 10. While official times weren't recorded, Rice's fastest unofficial lap around the 1.5-mile oval was 32.42 seconds (166.564 miles per hour), likely among the top-12 times posted that day.

Qualifying for the Ford 200 is Thursday, November 13.

Rice, 27, is a Phoenix native. He won the Toyota Atlantic championship in 2000 with five victories. He has 18 career starts in the Indy Racing League with a career-best finish of second. He recorded eight top-10 finishes. Rice was a rookie at the 2003 Indianapolis 500. He started 19th and finished 11th.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton , Buddy Rice