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Steve Wallace to make Cup debut in Daytona 500

Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:59 pm
From Team Press Release


Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing announced that 23 year-old Steve Wallace will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in February's 53rd annual running of NASCAR's most prestigious event, the Daytona 500. Wallace will pilot the No. 77 Toyota Camry for RWR at Daytona, with backing from longtime sponsor 5-Hour Energy and new partner Aspen Dental.

When Steve Wallace and the 5-Hour Energy Camry take the green flag on February 20th at NASCAR's most historic venue, the well-pedigreed racer will write his own chapter in NASCAR history. His Sprint Cup debut will make the Wallace family the first ever to have produced four Daytona 500 competitors, breaking a longtime tie with the Petty, Allison, Earnhardt and Bodine families. When Wallace starts the 2011 event, a member of his family will have competed in 27 of the last 30 Daytona 500s.

The third-generation driver will have familiar leadership for his first run in The Great American Race, as RWR General Manager, Larry Carter, will serve as crew chief for the No. 77 5-Hour Energy Toyota. A veteran Sprint Cup crew chief, Carter led Rusty Wallace to a top-10 in the elder Wallace's final Daytona 500 in 2005, as well as a fourth-place finish in the July 2005 event at Daytona.

Providing additional comfort to the younger Wallace in his Cup Series debut is a guaranteed place among the 43-car starting field, enabled through an agreement between RWR and Penske Racing.

Said Steve Wallace, "Starting my first Daytona 500 is definitely going to be the most exciting day of my career-make that my life-so far.  It's something that every kid wanting to be a racer-including me-dreams of doing one day. It's the some of the best drivers in the world competing in the biggest race in the world.  I really have to thank 5-Hour Energy and Aspen Dental for making this possible.

"As far as the race, my goals are simple: to stay out of trouble, earn all the respect I can from the other guys and make sure the 5-Hour Energy Toyota is there at the end of the race. The way restrictor plate racing goes, if we can do that, there's no telling what can happen."

If his Nationwide Series record is any proof, Wallace has shown his ability to survive-and thrive-on Daytona's high banks. Wallace has four lead-lap top-15 finishes in his last five Daytona starts, including a top-ten in last February's 300-miler. In the other event, Wallace ran among the contenders until being taken out by a bizarre incident for which Jason Leffler was penalized five laps.

Team owner Rusty Wallace shares his son's enthusiasm for the event. "This is a big event for all of us-for Steve, our team, our family and our sponsors," Wallace stated, "When you're a young driver coming up, you dream about racing in the Daytona 500 and now Steve's going to get the opportunity to do it. He's grown by leaps and bounds as a driver in the Nationwide Series over the last few years and we think he's ready for this opportunity.

"We've been looking at this race as an opportunity for a while, because I really believe that the new pavement at Daytona is going to be a great equalizer among the teams. The cars will have a ton of grip and it's going to make handling a much smaller part of the equation.

"Our program for Daytona has come together pretty quickly and I really want to thank 5-Hour Energy and Aspen Dental for coming aboard to support it."


Category: Auto Racing

Since: Jan 31, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:44 pm

Steve Wallace to make Cup debut in Daytona 500

he has issues . turrets syndrome for starters and he acts and drives like a retard . should make for some fun viewing when he takes out half the field and then throws a fit .

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:33 am

Steve Wallace to make Cup debut in Daytona 500

This is just scary then again Rusty is selling one of their Nationwide Series cars 2010 version not the new lagal package at Barrett Jackson on Saturday in Scottsdale as "Race Ready". Hello Race Ready? The one thing that the 2010 car and Steven "Blinky" Wallace have in common, neither are race ready.

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 3:43 pm

Steve Wallace to make Cup debut in Daytona 500

Pretty much sums up his career to this point.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 3:14 pm

Steve Wallace to make Cup debut in Daytona 500

Steve Wallace is going to tear it up at the Daytona 500 this year.......the car that is

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