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JRM adds new part-time driver to No. 5 team

April 22, 2014, Staff report,

Theriault will pilot the No. 5 for three races this season, starting at Iowa

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Austin Theriault, a 20-year-old late model driver from Maine, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut May 18 at Iowa Speedway in his first of three races piloting the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. 


Theriault's No. 5 will be sponsored by SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Signature 88 Collection. Theriault has one start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and was previously a developmental driver for Brad Keselowski Racing.

"I am excited to be continuing my professional development with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series," Theriault said. "I have been working hard for this opportunity, and to be associated with JR Motorsports and SPY is a dream come true."

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Kevin Harvick drives the No. 5 in a part-time role for JRM. The team currently ranks fourth in the Nationwide Series owner standings. 

Theriault will also race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12 and Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 20. 

"Our company is known for putting young talent in cars and giving them a shot on one of NASCAR's biggest stages, and that is what we are giving Austin with this three-race opportunity," said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. "This keeps our No. 5 car on the track, and it gives Austin the chance to show what he's got with a lot more eyeballs taking notice."


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