No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang
- Annett has three career starts in the Nationwide Series at the Montreal, Canada track
- Annett enters this weekend’s event in sixth-place in the Nationwide point standings
- Annett’s 11th-place finish last weekend marked his 13th finish of 11th or better this season
Michael Annett on Going to Montreal: “I always look forward to going to Montreal because it is different than any other track we go to on the circuit. We just came off a decent road course finish in Watkins Glen and we learned a lot throughout that race that we can apply to this weekend’s event. Montreal has it’s own set of new challenges that we don’t face anywhere else, and it is the final road course of the year. It’s going to be important that we come out of this weekend with another good finish so we can keep gaining on the points leader. The team has a lot of momentum right now, and we look forward to each time we show up to the racetrack. We know that we have the resources and equipment behind us to run well each and every week, and that adds to our confidence level. If we can stay on-track and keep the fenders on our Pilot Flying J machine, I think we’ll have a good shot at a top-10 finish on Saturday.”
Crew Chief Philippe Lopez’s Thoughts on Montreal: “I’ve never raced in Montreal before so this will be my first time going as a crew chief. We have some great notes from our teammates from last year that we plan to utilize this weekend. Marcos Ambrose took home the victory last year, so he really knows how to get around this road course. We talked to Marcos at the shop this week and he’s given us some pointers that will be helpful this weekend. Montreal is really tough on the brakes, so Michael will have to concentrate on taking care of his brakes the best that he can. We finished 11th last weekend in Watkins Glen and we learned some things about road course racing we hope to apply to the Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang this weekend. Our team has had a stellar past couple of months and we plan to take that momentum and convert it into another top-10 finish this weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports. Road courses always seem to be an unknown for us, they are a completely different animal than the typical ovals we are used to. I saw some improvement in Michael’s road course skills last weekend at ‘The Glen,’ and hopefully he can build off of that even more on Saturday.”
Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM NASCAR Nationwide Series team has prepared chassis No. 482 for the 74-lap race in Montreal. This Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang has not been run previously this season.
Source: Richard Petty Motorsports