Elliott taking on new role

NASCAR champion Bill Elliott will pilot the No. 09 Phoenix

Racing entry for a limited NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule

beginning with the Daytona 500, team owner James Finch confirmed on

Monday.

“Hopefully, he will run 18 races, maybe more, depending on

sponsorship,” Finch said. “It’s great to have

NASCAR’s most popular driver ever in our car. We’ve

been friends with him a long time and we’re happy to have him

in the car.”

Finch said the team will test this week at Daytona International

Speedway in preparation for Speedweeks in February. Nick Harris

will serve as Elliott’s crew chief. The Chevrolets will be

powered with Hendrick motors.

Elliott, 55, has amassed 44 wins over his 35-year Cup career.

Since 2007, he has been a regular in the No. 21 Wood Brothers

Ford.