Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the 57th Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
Smith will be available in the deadline room of Daytona’s media center at 9:45 a.m. EST on Saturday. Final practice for the Daytona 500 takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Smith has some history with Stewart-Haas Racing, as he subbed for Tony Stewart in the team’s No. 14 car last August at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
Smith was the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year and won the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. He is a fulltime driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and finished second in the 2014 championship standings. Smith, 31, is from Cato, New York.
An interim driver for the No. 41 team at next weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and subsequent races has not been determined.
/// SHR PR