Rusty Wallace to drive Penske Miller Lite Ford at Daytona test

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The 1989 NASCAR champion will get a taste of what a present-day Cup car is really like.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 8, 2014) – Team Penske and Miller Lite announced today that Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer and the 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, will drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion this Thursday, January 9 during a NASCAR test at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The occasion coincides with the 25th anniversary of Wallace’s 1989 championship and the approaching 40th anniversary of the original Miller Lite beer.

Championship contenders press conference: presenter Rusty Wallace
Championship contenders press conference: presenter Rusty Wallace

Photo by: Trevor Horn

The Hall of Fame driver and current ESPN analyst will be wearing a firesuit with the original Miller Lite logo during the test. This retro firesuit will also be worn by Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team crew members at the upcoming Daytona 500 as well. The Miller Lite Ford Fusion will also feature a commemorative white Miller Lite paint scheme for the “Great American Race”.

“I am pretty pumped up about this,” said Wallace. “This is a big deal, and I can’t wait to get the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford up to speed – especially at Daytona. This will be my first time driving the new Gen-6 car, and I think it will give me a better perspective on how I cover the races for ESPN as an analyst. This is going to be a lot of fun, yet there is also a business component too. I can’t thank Miller Lite, ESPN and Team Penske enough for giving me this opportunity. Man, what a fantastic way to start the year.”

The last time Wallace piloted the storied No. 2 Penske machine was at the season ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway November 20, 2005.

“This is a terrific way to pay homage to the heritage and prestige of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford,” said Keselowski. “To have Rusty Wallace, a NASCAR champion and a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, assist Miller Lite in recognizing the long association they have had with Team Penske and NASCAR is something special. I feel privileged to be a part of it.”

Miller Lite and Team Penske began their over two decade long relationship with Rusty Wallace driving the storied No. 2 car. During his time behind the wheel of the Miller Lite machine, Wallace earned 39 victories.

"Miller Lite is proud of our heritage and partnership with Team Penske,” said Ryan Reis, senior director of marketing for Miller Lite. “Having Rusty Wallace on board to celebrate the original light beer and our rich tradition with NASCAR is something our fans are excited about."

Team Penske

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