Faith Motorsports will field two cars for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, with Morgan Shepherd and Brett Rowe driving.
The team said the duo will kick off the season in the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway in early February and will attempt to field both entries through at least the first five events of the season.
"We will run as long as we can and hope to have both cars locked in after the fifth race," Shepherd said in making the announcement. "We are building cars and gearing up to have a great season."
Shepherd will drive the No. 89 entry as part of the Shepherd Racing Ventures partnership with Richard Childress. Faith Motorsports has requested the 2010 points from RCR's No. 21 be applied to its No. 89, pending NASCAR's approval.
Shepherd's car will bear the Racing With Jesus logo on the hood, but the paint schemes will change periodically to coincide with another program the team plans to announce at a later date.
Rowe will drive a second car, whose number has yet to be approved by NASCAR. His car will be owned by Victory in Jesus Racing, with Cindy Shepherd listed as the primary owner. The points from last year's No. 89 car will be transferred to Rowe's car, pending NASCAR's approval.
"I'm real excited about the opportunity to go to Daytona with high hopes of getting the year kicked off right," Rowe said. "We hope to run competitively in the first five races in hopes that we can get the car locked in and continue after the fifth race."
Rowe, who had driven on a limited basis with Faith's sister team, Herd Racing, since 2008, said Herd will not field a Nationwide team in 2011. Many of Herd's crew members, including Rowe's brother, Brian, will transfer to his effort under the Faith Motorsports banner.
Herd Racing does not have a new Nationwide car and have no plans to run in the Nationwide Series in 2011, team owner Dana Tomes said.
Both Shepherd and Rowe agree that without top 30 security the second Faith Motorsports car will not be able to continue full time past the fifth race.
"We will do our best to go to the track ready each week and see what happens," Shepherd said.
Sponsorships and additional information about the teams' Daytona efforts will be announced in the coming weeks.