Bliss Rejoins TRG Motorsports for Coke Zero at Daytona Mooresville, N.C., (June 29, 2010) - TRG Motorsports welcomes back Mike Bliss to drive the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS for the Coke Zero 400 to be run at Daytona International...
Bliss Rejoins TRG Motorsports for Coke Zero at Daytona
Mooresville, N.C., (June 29, 2010) - TRG Motorsports welcomes back Mike Bliss to drive the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS for the Coke Zero 400 to be run at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday, July 3.
Bliss had two starts with TRG Motorsports in 2009 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Richmond as well as their first Craftsman Truck race at Daytona in 2008 where he had an outstanding run. Bliss will be running with Dan Stillman, crew chief, for the first time. Bliss qualified tenth in his last superspeedway start at Talladega in April. Bliss has the highest qualifying effort to date for TRG Motorsports, a seventh at the Charlotte Sprint Cup race last year.
"I woke up this morning and headed to Daytona for the Nationwide race, I didn't expect to be running in the Sprint Cup race as well," Bliss said. "I am excited to be running with TRG Motorsports again. We had a good run at Charlotte last year. They put together quality cars with great ECR motors. I am running the new Nationwide car as well and we will see how much of the new car stuff can translate over to the Sprint Cup car. I tested the new Nationwide car at Daytona and they're similar. The Nationwide car has less horsepower and the front suspension has more travel. The cars have the same general feel and we will be getting a lot track time starting Wednesday so that information will carry over to the Cup car.
"The track is a lot slicker in July than in February. We race at night, but the track doesn't have the grip that it has in February. There is a real premium on handling at Daytona. This is the last time we race on this surface. We will really need to concentrate on having a good handling car over the whole run. You have to be fast, but you have to handle better. At Talladega you just need to go fast. At Daytona your off the gas and back on the gas."
Strategy is always a key element at the superspeedways.
"I have tried every race strategy. I have held back and tried to lead and it never works out in the end. I have wrecked running at the front and the back. I will work with Dan and the guys and see how they want to run the race. You also have to factor in green-white-checker finish attempts at the end. I like to race from the start and whatever happens will happen. You definitely want to be in view of the front at the end, especially with the green-white-checker attempts, although it didn't really matter at Daytona in the spring race. Ultimately you would like to be second. But at the end of these a lot goes to luck and having a good handling race car. You have to have a good handling race car so at the end if you find yourself with the right group you can go with them to the checker."
Kevin Buckler is ready for a strong run with Bliss this weekend.
"Mike drove for us last year and had a really good showing at Charlotte," Buckler said. "He has done an outstanding job for us and really the knows the nuances of Daytona. The team will be ready with a strong car. We will look to sort the car out as the temperature drops into the night and put Mike in a position to be successful in the last quarter of the race. With the green-white-checker attempts at a finish, anything can happen. We are a strong single car team and a perfect fit for the right sponsor partner to get their brand in the Sprint Cup Series at an incredible value."
The team will pull double duty with two cars in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Brumos Porsche 250 to run at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. TRG's sports car team has a strong history at Daytona winning the Rolex 24 Hour in 2009, 2002 and overall in 2003. Team owner Kevin Buckler was a driver on the winning 2002 and 2003 teams.
-source: trg motorsports