Long-time NASCAR team owner James Finch reportedly has put Phoenix Racing up for sale and will retire from the sport.
“I’ve had a real good time,” Finch told FOXSports.com “But it’s time to do something else. Offer me a fair price — then give me half and we’ll have a deal.”
Brad Keselowski, defending winner of the Aaron's 499, won the Talladega race last season in the Phoenix Racing No. 09. Keselowski credits Finch with his rise in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"I’ve had a lot of cool car owners and without James I wouldn’t be where I am today and I appreciate that."
Finch currently fields the No. 09 driven by Mike Bliss in Sprint Cup and James Buescher drives the No. 1 Phoenix Racing entry in the Nationwide Series.
Finch made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut with driver Jeff Purvis in 1989 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Geoffrey Bodine, Jeremy Mayfield, Jamie McMurray, Aric Almirola, Randy LaJoie, Jimmy Spencer, Bobby Hamilton, Kevin Lepage, Joe Ruttman P.J. Jones, Martin Truex, Jr., David Stremme, Johnny Benson, Casey Mears, Jason Keller, Scott Pruett, Cale Gale, J.J. Yeley, Sterling Marlin and Max Papis are among the drivers who have competed in Phoenix Racing equipment.
“I will probably be the last independent to ever win a Cup race," Finch said. "Joe America can’t afford to race any more. I’m going to race Talladega out of my own pocket but if I can graciously get out, I will go on down the road. I’m in the business to have fun and I’m going to go where I can find fun.”
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