GAFFNEY, S.C. – Mike Wallace, JD Motorsports, Daytona. The three names go hand-in-hand. This year the team, returning with Mike Wallace in the No. 01 G&K Services Chevrolet and adding Danny Efland in the No. 4 FLEX SEAL Chevrolet for the majority of the season, will try to repeat the success and finish the drill.
The term ‘off season’ would not accurately describe the JD Motorsports shop over the winter. The team made many changes in a variety of areas. A new and updated fleet of racecars coupled with new talent has the team excited for the season. Marc Browning has been added as crew chief of the No. 01, and Dave Smith will return to the team to work with Danny Efland and the No. 4 car.
The team has also made many changes in the marketing and business development departments by bolstering digital media content. A new website and updated programs have been created to add value to the program and increase the return to sponsors.
Mike Wallace: “I am very excited about going to Daytona. It is a track I have had a lot of success at in the past. As a team, we are ‘all-in.’ For our team, that means we have the best motor, best car, and best crew possible. It’s now in my hands as the driver to get it done. I am ready to get the win on Saturday, as a momentum builder for the remainder of the season.”
“I am also excited about returning to JD Motorsports. This is the fifth year of our relationship, and I appreciate all the work that goes on in the shop to make this deal possible. We are all looking forward to getting the season started off right in Daytona. G&K Services is on board for this big race, and I want to run well and finish strong!”
Danny Efland: “Daytona is our Superbowl, at least that’s how I feel about it. I have done well there in the past, and got my best finish there. Last year we had two good finishes, but they were done by strategizing. Leading laps and running up front is important, but maintaining the racecar and being there at the finish is the first goal. In addition to the on track activity, the team must make good stops on pit road. With a little luck, I think we can finish in the top 10. It is an honor to represent the FLEX SEAL brand at our most important race, and I want to bring them home a good finish.”
“As far as the season goes, I am excited to be with Johnny and the team for the majority of the races. The consistency will improve our communication and our results will hopefully improve. I know the guys have worked hard to prepare, and I hope I will continue to learn and improve as the season goes.”