Reed Sorenson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
Birthdate: February 5, 1986
Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga.
Racing has always been a family affair in the Sorenson household. He joined his family as they cheered on dad, Brad Sorenson, as soon as he was old enough to travel to the racetrack. As a toddler, he was more interested in the playground than watching the cars circle the track; however, it did not take long for that to change. Once he began to notice the roar of the engines, Sorenson found his own desire for speed. His career started when he was only six years old as he climbed behind the wheel of a Quarter Midget and he never looked back.
In five successful years of regional Quarter Midget Series competition, Sorenson laid down some impressive statistics. In addition to the 1997 National Championship, he scored 22 wins, 40 top-five and 42 top-ten finishes in only 43 starts! In total, he earned nine Southeastern Championships and set 15 different track records and several qualifying records during his tenure in the Quarter Midget ranks.
In 1998, Sorenson made the jump to Legends Cars. He won 13 of his 25 races, claimed southeastern championships and broke track records during his rookie year. Sorenson spent five full seasons (1998-2002) in Legends Cars, racking up a total of 84 wins, 152 top-five and 166 top-10 finishes in 183 starts. He was named the track champion at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
During his final full year in the Legends Cars, Sorenson also began his run at the American Speed Association (ASA) by competing in eight events and finishing in the top-10 an impressive seven times. He added six Southern All Start Late Model races to his schedule, racking up three wins and four top-five finishes. In 2003, he made the full-time move to ASA, recording seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 17 starts. At age 17, Sorenson became the youngest driver to-date to receive Rookie of the Year honors en route to a fourth-place finish in the overall 2003 series standings.
While many high school seniors are planning to head off college, Sorenson was already eyeing a move into the NASCAR ranks after graduation from Woodward Academy. In 2003, he was signed to a driver development deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. The following season, he returned to ASA and collected his first win in the series’ biggest event of the year, the inaugural race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sorenson remained a contender for the championship until his hopes were dashed when he was collected in an accident in the final race of the season.
Following his 2004 graduation, the Georgia-native climbed behind the wheel of the No. 77 entry for the ARCA Racing Series event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway (May, 2004). Sorenson put on an impressive performance, starting the 73-lap race from the third position and finishing fourth! In June, he followed up with a win at Michigan International Speedway – only his second career ARCA start! He competed in a total of three ARCA races in 2004, both starting and finishing in the top-five in each event.
In addition to his stellar 2004 ASA and ARCA accomplishments, Sorenson also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut in 2004 at the Indianapolis-based O’Reilly Raceway Park. In five Nationwide Series starts that year, he had one top-five and three top-10 finishes and caught the attention of many throughout NASCAR by leading for 47 laps in the October race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
In 2005, Sorenson was named the driver of the No. 41 Nationwide Series machine. That year he won two races, captured 12 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes and two pole positions on his way to a fourth-place finish in the driver championship point standings and was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award. The season was also marked with his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Sorenson’s Nationwide Series success earned him a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride in 2006. In his first three seasons of Sprint Cup competition, he collected 5 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes and one pole. He continued competition in the Nationwide Series, and in 2007, returned to Victory Lane with a win at Gateway International Raceway. In 2009, Sorenson was selected to drive the famed No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports. 2009 was tumultuous year for RPM and results were less than desired. In 2010, he joined Braun Racing to run select races in the No. 32 and No. 10 Toyota Camry. In only five starts with the team, he brought home two top-five and four top-10 finishes, starting outside of the top-10 on only one occasion.
Sorenson returned to Braun Racing in 2010, starting out the season sharing the No. 32 ride with Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and running a limited NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. After Vickers had to sit out for the majority of the season due to a medical issue, Sorenson took over the car full-time and collected a total of 21 top ten finishes in his 28 starts. Late in the season, Sorenson also spent time driving the No. 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry of Red Bull Racing as Vickers’ substitute driver. His best finish in that role was a solid eighth place result in the July race at Daytona.
In 2011, Sorenson was driver of the Turner Motorsports No. 32 Nationwide entry for 29 races and the Randy McDonald Motorsports No. 82 for five races. Finishing the season fifth in driver points after earning a victory at Road America, seven top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes. Sorenson competed in six Nationwide Series races in 2012, earning three top-20 finishes for the new Biagi-DenBeste Motorsports No. 98 team. He also drove in 19 Sprint Cup Series races for FAS Lane Racing, Turn One Racing and Humphrey-Smith Racing.
Returning on a full-time basis to the Nationwide Series in 2013, Sorenson and sponsor e-Swisher join The Motorsports Group’s No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro for the majority of the division’s schedule. In early 2013, Sorenson filled in, as fellow driver Michael Annett was sidelined with an injury, piloting the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 for a brief spell.