Chicagoland: Michael Annett preview

Michael Annett Hyped for Trip to Windy City Joliet, Ill. (July 8, 2009) -- The Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway marks the 18th race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, and the track's hometown of Joliet, ...

Michael Annett Hyped for Trip to Windy City

Joliet, Ill. (July 8, 2009) -- The Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway marks the 18th race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, and the track's hometown of Joliet, Illinois is celebrating the circuit's trip to town with the 9th Annual Joliet Race Fan Rally on Wednesday.

HYPE Energy Drinks, led by former Formula 1 driver Bertrand Gachot, will be the primary sponsor of the Germain Racing No. 15 at Chicagoland.

"I'm extremely excited about bringing HYPE Energy Drinks into NASCAR with Michael Annett and Germain Racing," said HYPE Energy Drinks CEO and former Le Mans winner Bertrand Gachot. "I'm confident in Michael and the No. 15 team, and I'm looking forward to seeing the No. 15 HYPE Energy Drinks car out on the track at Chicago."

HYPE Energy Drinks, is also an official sponsor of the Joliet Race Fan Rally and plans to entertain at the event by giving away free samples of their three popular energy drink flavors -- HYPE Energy Regular with cranberry and elderberry, HYPE MFP and low-calorie HYPE Energy Enlite. Samples will be given away from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Michael Annett, driver of the No. 15 HYPE Energy Drinks Toyota Camry, will make a special appearance on-site at the rally from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. to sign autographs.

Along with Annett making laps around Chicagoland Speedway, the rookie will also try his hand at local go-kart racing. Annett will compete on Wednesday against fellow Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates in a go-karting event hosted by Raybestos at the Addison, Illinois location of Chicago Indoor Racing. Rookie candidates in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will combat in karting races against crew chiefs, brake specialists, chassis specialists and members of local, regional and national media.

Returning to a state Annett briefly called home, the former hockey player lived in the Windy City at the age of 16 to play hockey for Team Illinois during his junior year of high school where he led the league in penalty minutes. Annett guided Team Illinois to the 2002 Calgary Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament Championship before he joined the USHL's Waterloo (IA) Blackhawks for two years before his career in racing began.

The No. 15 HYPE Energy Drinks Toyota Camry will take to the track at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday with practice at 2:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. until 7:25 p.m. Nationwide Series qualifying starts at 2 p.m. on Friday. Both final practice and qualifying can be seen live on ESPN 2. The Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicago starts Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.

-credit: gr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bertrand Gachot , Michael Annett
Teams Germain Racing