RWI NOTES: STEVE WALLACE CONTINUES BUSY OFFSEASON
--Young Racer Continues Preparation for First Full Season in Busch Series--
MOORESVILLE, NC (December 7, 2006)--Fresh off a runner-up finish in the Snowball Derby, short track racing's "crown jewel" event, third generation driver Steve Wallace, is continuing to prepare for what is to be his busiest racing season ever. His 2007 season will include all 35 NASCAR Busch Series events and select ARCA RE/MAX Series races, including February's Daytona event.
A sampling of Steve's activities over the past week:
* Road Course Testing: Steve's intense preparation for next season's three Busch Series road course events continued this week, under the tutelage of road racing ace, Boris Said. Following up on their previous test at Virginia International Raceway, the duo headed to Road Atlanta, the challenging 12-turn, 2.54 mile facility located just north of Atlanta, GA. Ironically, Wallace's father, team owner and NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, was the pole sitter for the final NASCAR Busch Series race ever held at the Georgia facility. Driving the Cox Wood Preserving Pontiac, the elder Wallace's lap of 102.655 mph earned him the pole for the 1987 event at the then-2.52 mile circuit. Said and the younger Wallace will return to Virginia International Raceway again before the series' first 2007 road course event, set for March 3, 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico.
* Steve on TV: Earlier this week, Steve, along with several other NASCAR Busch Series drivers, participated in a commercial shoot on behalf of ESPN and their upcoming coverage of the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series. Sporting the colors of Nu South Lemonade, Steve spent an entire day of shooting for what is sure to be an entertaining piece of television. ESPN and ABC's well-publicized return to NASCAR in 2007 includes intensive coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series.
Noted Rusty Wallace, "We're doing everything we can to prepare Steve for his first full season in the Busch Series. The competition is awfully tough out there, but we're sure that he's going to get the job done, both on and off the track. Steve's doing a great job in everything he's been up to lately, from testing to TV and everything in between. The guys are back at the shop building some really slick hot rods for the Busch Series and ARCA races at Daytona. We're not going down there just to learn. We're going down there to run up front and that's something that Steve and our team can definitely do."