Michael Annett SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Interview Notes:
In a interview on The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Michael Annett says the decision to retire from full-time competition was made one of the hardest decisions he has made and "felt it was time to do something else for me and it was just time".
Being sidelined due to the recovery of his injury, Annett said he "had a lot of time to think and realized there's other endeavors you want to take on". Currently Annett does not know what is next for him but full-time NASCAR racing is not it anymore. "Racing is still what I love to do so its frustrating" when having to sit out of the car with the ongoing recovering from hit injury.
Michael Annett goes on to say that with his recovery and post recovery when he returned he would run a race and then the next day he couldn't walk and would ultimately have to sit out the next race. Annett said being in the car in general was what was hurting him the most the next day following a race.
Annett says he will run the next and last 5 races of the 2021 Xfinity Series. At the end of the interview Michael Annett says "I've run my course and its just time to do something else but man its hard to talk about right now. Its one of the hardest decisions you'll have to make". Annett goes on to say he is leaving the door open to run some one-off races and would like to run a race here and there next year (2022). Regarding his long time sponsor "If I'm going to be in a car next year I hope Pilot Flying J will be involved as they've been a huge supporter of me for 16 years". Michael also says he hopes Pilot Flying J stays in the sport in some way. Annett will take it all in over the next 5 races as this is it for now behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car.
JR Motorsports Release:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 6, 2021) -- With a career spanning 16 years in the top tiers of NASCAR competition and over 90,000 laps turned, Michael Annett announced today his retirement from full-time driving duties at the conclusion of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
“I’m just so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had,” the 35-year-old Annett said. “Being able to drive racecars for a living is honestly a dream come true for me. It’s been a privilege to work with some great teams and alongside some of the most talented folks in the garage. None of which would have been possible without the support of my partners, which I’m happy to call lifelong friends. It’s those relationships and friendships that are the most rewarding.”
Annett, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a staple in NASCAR with the familiar colors of Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt Group, WEX EFS and others sponsoring his entries over the years. He competed in his first full-time season in 2009 and has made more than 430 starts across NASCAR’s top three series.
-JR Motorsports / RSMG
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