Former NASCAR champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott will contest at least 18 Sprint Cup races with the Phoenix Racing team this year.
The 1988 title-winner has only raced part-time since 2004, contesting around a dozen Cup rounds per season in recent years, but will ramp up his schedule in 2011 as he drives for a Chevrolet team for the first time in his 35-year career.
"This may well be my last really good chance as a driver," Elliott said. "I'm going to give it my best shot. I feel like I'm still in good shape, and I thought we ran pretty good last year."
Team boss James Finch is confident that 55-year-old Elliott can be a frontrunner this season.
"It's big for us and big for Chevrolet to get Bill Elliott," Finch said. "With the right equipment, he's ready. He was just a couple of hundredths of a second off the pole at Homestead last year."
Phoenix won its first race with Brad Keselowski at Talladega in 2009 but had a difficult 2010 campaign with a number of drivers. Elliott expects Phoenix's 2011 package - which includes Hendrick-prepared engines - to be very competitive.
"I think this will be a really good deal," said Elliott. "James has really good racecars, and there's no doubt about the Hendrick equipment. After all, look at all the championships they've won."