Championship Line-Up as Caddell and Wilden team at Daytona; Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion Caddell tabbed to co-drive with 2009 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Champion Wilden Tooele, UT--9 January 2010-- When you show up for a ...
Championship Line-Up as Caddell and Wilden team at Daytona; Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion Caddell tabbed to co-drive with 2009 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Champion Wilden
Tooele, UT--9 January 2010-- When you show up for a gunfight, it's best to have as much firepower as you can. And as the highly competitive 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) season kicks off with the Fresh From Florida 200 at Daytona International Speedway on January 29, there will be plenty of ammunition in the No. 59 Rehagan Racing Ford Mustang FR500C entry as two-time Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion Andrew Caddell will team with 2009 Grand-Am CTSCC Champion Ken Wilden in the season-opening race.
Caddell, who collected the custom Miller Cup trophy and a healthy cash prize at the series season-ending banquet at Miller Motorsports Park, is understandably excited about collecting the loudest element of the Mustang Challenge Champions Package, as the Mustang Challenge series and Ford Racing create the opportunity for Caddell to put his skills on display in a Ford Mustang FR500C.
Caddell's career has attracted a lot of attention from his fellow racers, which is little surprise after his 2009 season saw him take a perfect record of Mustang Challenge podium appearances, including four race wins, to score the 2009 Mustang Challenge Championship in convincing fashion.
The shot at glory on the high banks at Daytona will mark Caddell's second start in CTSCC competition, having taken the Mustang Challenge honors in 2008 as well. Driving with fellow Mustang Challenge racer Jim Click in the 2009 event at Daytona, Caddell recovered from a drive through penalty for a restart-procedure setback to score a top-ten in his series debut.
As he looks ahead to his return to CTSCC competition, he has his sights set even higher as Ford Racing has placed him with fellow Champion Wilden in the Rehagan Racing-prepared Ford Mustang for the three-hour endurance event, which will be broadcast by SPEEDtv.
"I can't wait to get down to Daytona and just get going--it feels like it's been forever since I raced a Mustang!" said Caddell. "I was pretty happy with a top ten last year, particularly because I didn't have any testing and I just didn't know what to expect from the car, the tires, and the competition. Hopefully I can put what I learned last year to good use, and of course having a championship-caliber teammate like Kenny is going to be a big help because he obviously knows his way around in a Mustang!"
"It is pretty exciting for us to have our champion get the opportunity to race at Daytona, and we are proud to support his efforts," said Mustang Challenge Series Director Lynda Randall. "And it won't just be Andrew that we will have to watch, because there are also a lot of drivers and teams that will be racing in CTSCC at Daytona who first experienced what it is like to race in Grand-Am when they joined the Mustang Challenge, so we will have a lot of people to root for this year!"
The Ford Mustang is well-represented in the Grand-Am CTSCC ranks as Ford pursues another championship season in both the driver and manufacturer battles and looks to start the year with a strong result at Daytona.
"We are really proud of what Andrew has accomplished the last two seasons, and it is exciting to see him move up the Mustang ladder," said Ford Racing's Andy Slankard. "To have him running with a championship team like Rehagan Racing and have a champion co-driver like Ken Wilden is a great opportunity for him and we're very excited about seeing these guys race together. It's neat that so many good guys want to race Ford Mustangs, so we're really looking forward to the race at the end of the month."
"I'm really excited to have a co-driver like Andrew to start off the year at Daytona," said Wilden, who scored his 2009 CTSCC championship behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang FR500C as the Blue Oval also netted honors with the Manufacturer Championship. "I know that the Mustang Challenge is an incredibly competitive category, so to do as well as he has there says a lot about his talent. Hopefully we can get our championship defense off to a good start for Ford with a podium at Daytona."
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