Ellis set for Sprint Cup debut

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Ryan Ellis sits in his truck at Kansas Speedway in May 2014.

By Dominic Aragon
November 15, 2015

AVONDALE, Ariz.—Starting 42nd Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Ryan Ellis will become the twelfth different driver to make their debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

Ellis will be the ninth driver to drive the No. 33 this season. The 25-year-old driver talked about turn laps in the car during first practice.

“I got a quick awakening; I went out there, first lap, pulled out of the pits and Jeff Gordon blew by me—that’s my hero,” he said. “Getting used to the car, getting used to a whole new team of guys that I just met like a week or two ago, it’s been a blast. I’m just so excited to be out there and have a shot at the Sprint Cup Series.”

Ellis said the car this weekend is comparable to the cars he has run in lower-tier NASCAR series.

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Ryan Ellis' No. 33 on pit road at Phoenix International Raceway.

“The car drives very similar to the Xfinity [cars] and Trucks. It’s just a matter of learning the driving style for a Sprint Cup car.

“A top-35 would be cool,” he said. “I’m not really setting as much a finishing position goal as much as I’m just running against the guys I should be running against and managing lap traffic as good as I can.”

Ellis won’t be in the No. 33 next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but he expressed interest in running more races in the Sprint Cup Series after this weekend.

“I’m not sure,” he said of his 2016 plans. “I know a lot of people say that and they actually have a plan, I have no clue. I’m hoping to run full-time in one of the three series. Definitely want to do some more Sprint Cup stuff because I’m having a blast and learning a lot.”
Where will Ryan Ellis finish this weekend?
31st or worse