Josh Wise to drive No. 98 for Phil Parsons Racing
December 04, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Phil Parsons Racing signs former Front Row Motorsports driver, switches to Chevrolet SS
Phil Parsons Racing will have a new driver and a new manufacturer in 2014.
Josh Wise, who recently announced his departure from Front Row Motorsports, will drive the No. 98 in 2014, the team announced Wednesday. And the car will be a Chevrolet SS, rather than a Ford Fusion.
Wise has 69 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 65 of them with Front Row. His best finish is 19th at the 2013 Talladega spring race, where then-teammates David Ragan and David Gilliland finished 1-2.
"I am really looking forward to joining Phil Parsons Racing in 2014," Wise said. "While I enjoyed my time at Front Row Motorsports, and am thankful for that opportunity and feel I'm leaving the team on good terms, I am still really excited for what next season will bring. I think it was time for a change. I appreciate Phil, Mike Curb and everyone at Phil Parsons Racing giving me this opportunity. The team has a lot of exciting things going on for next year, and I'm thankful to be a part of it."
Michael McDowell drove the No. 98 for the past two years, leaving this offseason to join Leavine Family Racing. McDowell's ninth-place finish in the 2013 season-opening Daytona 500 marks the best finish for the team, which competed in its first Sprint Cup Series race in 2012.
In addition to his Cup experience, Wise has 125 career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and previously excelled in the open-wheel ranks.
"We are really excited to have Josh on board for next season," Parsons said. "He has continued to get better and better each year that he has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. … We all think a lot of Josh, and with him as our driver and Chevrolet as our manufacturer, we all hope 2014 is the year we can show what this team can do."