Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Annett Set To Return At Charlotte

After an absence of eight races due to injury, Michael Annett will return to the driver's seat of the No. 43 Pilot Flying J NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford this weekend at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.  

Annett was medically cleared today after suffering a broken and dislocated sternum in an accident during the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. 

He underwent surgery for his injuries after the accident and has been sidelined for three months to allow sufficient time to heal. Annett has been preparing for his return by participating in physical therapy over the last three weeks. Following an MRI on Monday afternoon, his doctors and NASCAR officials determined he was fit to drive in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte.

"Obviously, I can't wait to get back into the No. 43," said Annett today. "It has been a long three months, and I am more than ready to jump back in the car. The accident at Daytona was disappointing for our team, but I'm very grateful for the amount of support I had from the team, NASCAR, family, friends and fans and not to mention the outstanding medical team that helped me through all of this. While it was really hard to be on the sidelines, I realize that it was even more important to heal properly.

"It's always fun to race at Charlotte. Since it's a 'home' race for most of the teams, it's cool to see so many family and friends get to experience what we do every weekend. It's a fast mile-and-a-half track and we typically run well at the bigger tracks, so hopefully we can get a decent run my first time back in the car."


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