Lynn Haven, FL---Racing fans will see James Finch and Phoenix Racing on the Sprint Cup Circuit next season, you can count on that.
Last year Finch gave Kurt Busch a chance at redemption, and the Phoenix team had to tolerate all of Busch's nonsense, his constantly wrecking cars, and his eventual ungrateful departure.
That and a lack of sponsorship left Finch rethinking his desire to continue with Cup racing.
James though telling Newschannel 7 Sports Friday he's committed to run at least 18 Cup races in 2013, starting with the Daytona 500. He says he's secured a sponsor for both Daytona races in February, but won't announce that sponsor until after the first.
James says Regan Smith will drive for Phoenix in the 500. Finch will use Smith for some other Cup races, though he'll have to share Regan Junior, since Smith will drive the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports.
Allmendinger is another driver Finch would like to use on the Cup Series. AJ ran the final four races of 2012 for Phoenix and James says he liked how AJ handled the car.
Allmendinger though apparently considering some offers to race Indy cars.
As for running the whole cup circuit, Finch says he's hoping for some early success and that more sponsorship will come along, making running a full slate more possible.