TRG Motorsports to Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut in Daytona 500 Mooresville, N.C. - TRG Motorsports announced today their entry in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. The team is taking its experience garnered at the top levels of professional...
TRG Motorsports to Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Debut in Daytona 500
Mooresville, N.C. - TRG Motorsports announced today their entry in the 51st running of the Daytona 500. The team is taking its experience garnered at the top levels of professional sports car racing and in the Camping World Truck Series, where they posted their first win in 2008, to NASCAR's biggest stage. The team will have veteran driver Mike Wallace pilot the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet on Sunday, February 15 at the World Center of Speed.
"This is a huge opportunity for TRG Motorsports," Kevin Buckler, team principal said. "With the group of partners we have and very competitive team and package we decided to put a program together and race at the 500. We have been on a very steep growth curve with our entries in the Truck Series and ARCA. With the economic situation, it is always nice to be able to look for opportunity wherever possible and that what we have done. This will be defining moment in our team's history. The plan we crafted two years ago is in place, objectives are being met and we are trying to reach our goals."
With more than 55 entries expected to compete for 43 starting positions in the 200-lap Daytona 500, the biggest goal for TRG Motorsports is to make it in the show. TRG has enlisted one of the most competent super speedway drivers in the world to pilot their entry in "The Great American Race". Mike Wallace, who has often been regarded as a restrictor plate specialist, will drive for TRG in their debut in Daytona Beach, Florida.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with TRG Motorsports in regard to their new Sprint Cup effort," Wallace said. "With all of the success that they've had in road racing and the championship caliber organization that they've put together on the NASCAR side, I'm really excited about he opportunity to race for them at Daytona. They are true racers and that's the type of group that I want to be associate with. They've proven that they can win in the Truck Series and to be able to help with their first effort in Sprint Cup is exciting."
Wallace has three wins at Daytona and hopes to secure his first Spring Cup win in the legendary Daytona 500. Wallace has won in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Daytona and he took the inaugural Truck Series race win in 2000 after he qualified on the outside pole and led 59 laps. Wallace followed that up with a win in the Nationwide Series in July of 2004 after leading only one lap, the final one. Wallace hopes to lead that all-important last lap in the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing", and he will have a solid chance after pairing with TRG Motorsports and veteran Crew Chief, Butch Hylton. Hylton is a Daytona winner, having led Kevin Harvick Inc.'s No. 33 Nationwide team to a win in the 2005 Daytona 300. Hylton was also responsible for helping Yates Racing place two cars on the front row for the 2007 Daytona 500.
Wallace will drive the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet in the "Big Game". With this being the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, TRG Motorsports has purchased a super speedway car from one of the most powerful teams in NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing. Through their association with Chevrolet, TRG and RCR have entered into a technical alliance which will benefit both teams.
"With a former Richard Childress Racing car and engines supplied by ECR Engines we have accelerated our learning curve substantially," Buckler explained. "Couple that package with the experience that Mike brings and I believe we have a very competitive package. While the competition will be very, very tough with Mike behind the wheel and Butch calling the shots as the crew chief, we should have a legitimate shot at qualifying our way into the field and making our Sprint Cup debut in this prestigious race! This will be a real honor to be able to see our time take that green flag."
The next 30 days will be a busy for TRG. The company has five cars entered in this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona and the finishing touches are going on the company's two Camping World Truck Series entries as well as their two ARCA cars for next month.