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Michael Annett

Michael Annett
Annett at Road America in 2010
Born (1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 (age 28)
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Statistics current as of October 11, 2013.

Michael Annett (born June 23, 1986 in Des Moines, Iowa)[1] is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 43 Ford Mustang for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Personal life and education

Annett was born in Des Moines, Iowa and played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League prior to starting his racing career.[2]

Career

Annett started racing at the age of 21 in the American Speed Association series. Annett has two career victories in the ARCA Racing Series. His first win came in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5, 2007. Annett also won the Daytona ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2008. Along with a part-time ARCA schedule, Annett competed in a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2008. He made his NASCAR debut on June 20 at The Milwaukee Mile, and scored a best finish of 2nd at Kentucky Speedway.

Towards the end of 2008, Annett signed with Germain Racing to drive for the team in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. Annett made his debut in the final race of the 2008 season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he crashed out and finished 36th.

For 2009, Annett ran for Rookie of the Year honors in the #15 Toyota, with sponsorship from Pilot Travel Centers and HYPE Energy. He scored four top-tens en route to a tenth place finish in points, but finished runner up to Justin Allgaier. Annett returned to Germain in 2010, but found less success than in 2009. He accumulated just two top 10s (at Nashville and Iowa) and only led seven laps, finishing 13th in the overall points standings. Annett left Germain for Rusty Wallace Racing in 2011, driving the team's #62 Toyota with Pilot Travel Centers (now Pilot Flying J) sponsoring. After the shutdown of RWR, Annett moved to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012.[3]

In the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Annett was injured in a hard crash, suffering what was initially reported as a bruised sternum.[4] Further evaluation showed that Annett had dislocated and fractured his sternum, requiring surgery; Aric Almirola replaced Annett in the No. 43 for the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, with Reed Sorenson subbing after that.[5]

Legal issues

On February 6, 2011, Annett had rear-ended a car Sunday morning in Mooresville, North Carolina that was stopped at a red light. According to police reports Annett was seen popping mints when examined and had a registered BAC of 0.32, four times the legal limit in North Carolina. Annett subsequently resisted arrest as he did not want to be handcuffed. He also claimed that he had been texting, and thus could not stop in time to avoid an accident; a similar incident involving Annett had occurred in 2010. RWR said that they did not condone the incident and that Annett would be facing internal sanctions. NASCAR has also kept in contact with the local authorities as well as Rusty Wallace Racing. Annett issued a formal apology, and did not miss any races.[6]

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