Joe Gibbs Racing on Tuesday confirmed Brian Vickers will join the organization and compete for the 2013 Nationwide Series championship with the organization. Vickers is a former series champion who drove a part-time schedule in the Sprint Cup Schedule this season for Michael Waltrip Racing.
"I’m very happy to stay in the Toyota family, and when you look at the Nationwide Series over the past several years, no team has dominated like Joe Gibbs Racing," Vickers said. "Hopefully we’ll be able to get Dollar General, Toyota and JGR a Nationwide Series Championship next season.”
Vickers will be sponsored by Dollar General, which also announced an expanded partnership with JGR next season. The new agreement means in 2013 the No. 20 Toyota team driven by Matt Kenseth, who joins the team next season, will be sponsored by Dollar General in 20 races - up from 12 this season.
“We look forward to our expanded partnership with Dollar General in both our Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ programs for next season,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of JGR. “With Matt (Kenseth) and Brian (Vickers) we feel well positioned to deliver great visibility and winning results for the Dollar General brand. Matt is obviously a great talent, and his experience will be invaluable to our race team. Brian has proven to be successful in everything he has raced.”
Dollar General will also to continue to sponsor two Nationwide races in 2013 - at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.