RWI RACING PURSUES AGGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE
--Buddy Baker Averages 200 MPH at Daytona, Stephen Wallace Completes First Speedway Test--
MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2005)--Despite having a week off from NEXTEL Cup competition, where he currently sits 4th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, Rusty Wallace was as busy as ever Monday, as his RWI Racing Busch Series operation completed tests at both Daytona International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway on the same day.
In Daytona, racing legend Buddy Baker was behind the wheel of the #64 Miller High Life Dodge Charger, completing testing in conjunction with Racing Radios. Similar to the radio test Wallace completed at Talladega last year, in which he hit nearly 230 MPH, Baker wheeled the RWI Racing machine to an average lap speed of an even 200 MPH around Daytona's high banks.
The ever-jubilant Baker was nothing short of thrilled at the opportunity stating, "That was a lot of fun, I have to tell you. Going that fast around here really brought back some memories, that's for sure. Blake Bainbridge and his guys really put together some first-class equipment and I'm really excited to have had the opportunity to do this."
On the other front, Wallace was present for his son Stephen's first speedway test, conducted at Kentucky Speedway. Stephen Wallace, the 2004 Snowball Derby Champion, wheeled a Penske Racing-prepared Dodge around the 1.5 mile oval in preparation for his first speedway start, the August 19th ARCA RE-MAX Series event at Michigan Speedway. The test was manned by members of the RWI Racing Busch Series team, as well as representatives from Penske-Jasper Engines.
To begin the test, the elder Wallace jumped behind the wheel of the #77 Kodak Dodge from Travis Kvapil's stable and completed a baseline lap of 32.65 seconds. After some tweaking on the car's chassis set-up, it was Stephen's turn at the controls. By the end of his second outing, the younger Wallace had logged a best lap of 32.83 seconds, barely missing the time set by his father.
Said the elder Wallace, "We definitely accomplished our mission today. We wanted to get Steve some seat time at a bigger race track and as usual, he impressed all of us. It took us a while to get the car hooked up on Hoosier tires, but once we got it driving comfortably, Steve ran nearly as fast as I did. We're going to take him to Michigan on August 3rd to test for the race and from everything we saw today, he's definitely ready. I have to thank everyone at Penske Racing for helping us out with this. Steve's going to have great equipment to work with, as well as Larry Carter and the entire #2 Miller Lite team running the race for him in Michigan. I couldn't be happier with how Steve is progressing."
The next event for RWI Racing is this weekend's Wallace Family Tribute 250 at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis Missouri. In the event bearing his name, legendary driver Rusty Wallace will make his first and last appearance in a major auto race in his hometown of St. Louis. He will be piloting the #64 Miller High Life Dodge, co-sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
For more information on RWI Racing, Rusty Wallace or Stephen Wallace, please visit www.rwiracing.com, www.rustywallace.com and www.stevewallaceonline.com, respectively. -rwi-