- Michael Annett
- Birth Date
- June 23, 1986
- Des Moines, Iowa
Michael Annett will drive the No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in 2017. After three years in the NASCAR Cup Series, Annett returns to the NASCAR Xfinity Series with confidence, experience and the motivation to win an Xfinity Series title, teaming with new crew chief Jason Stockert
Annett is a 10-year veteran of NASCAR, competing in the Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series in that span. He comes to JR Motorsports after a three-year stint (2014-16) driving the No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet at the Cup level for HScott Motorsports.
The Des Moines, Iowa native began his racing career in 2007, competing in the ARCA Racing Series where he found instant success. Annett won the pole for his first ARCA race at Iowa Speedway, his home track. In only 10 ARCA races from 2007 to 2009, Annett amassed two wins (Talladega, Daytona), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
In 2008, Bill Davis Racing and Germain Racing gave Annett the opportunity to gain seat time in the Truck and Xfinity Series. From 2009 through 2013, Annett raced full-time in NXS competition with multiple teams including Germain Racing (2009-10), Rusty Wallace Inc. (2011), and Richard Petty Motorsports (2012-13). Before making the jump to the Cup Series, Annett collected seven top-five and 34 top-10 finishes in NXS competition. His most successful year in NXS came in 2012, where he earned six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes en route to a fifth-place effort in the championship standings
Before getting bit by the racing bug, Annett’s first love was ice hockey. He was a natural talent, advancing quickly through the developmental ranks. By the time he was 16 years old, Annett was playing for Team Illinois, a AAA hockey team. In 2004, the Hawkeye native joined the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks, a United States Hockey League (USHL) team. He was awarded the USHL Most Improved Player award in 2004. Due in part to his father Harrold Annett’s background as team owner for sprint car legend Sammy Swindell, Annett found his calling to motorsports was too strong to ignore. In 2005, Annett made a full-time transition into the racing world and traded out his hockey pads for a fire suit.
Annett resides in Mooresville, N.C. and when not wheeling cars around a race track, enjoys hockey, golf, AMA SuperCross and boating.