Daytona II: Tayler Malsam preview

* Racing to the Surf... In addition to being excited for his first ever Nationwide Series start at the historic Daytona International Speedway, Tayler Malsam can't wait to hit the surf. The 21-year-old rookie, who has been surfing since he was 13,...

* Racing to the Surf... In addition to being excited for his first ever Nationwide Series start at the historic Daytona International Speedway, Tayler Malsam can't wait to hit the surf. The 21-year-old rookie, who has been surfing since he was 13, plans to spend his time away from the track catching some waves at the famed Daytona Beach with some friends.

* Return of the No. 10 Crew Chief... After two weeks of working with interim crew chief Shannon Rursch, the No. 10 Iron Horse team will have Stewart Cooper, back on the pit box this weekend at Daytona international Speedway.

* Debut of the New Car... The SUBWAY Jalapeno 250 marks the debut of the Nationwide Series' "new car." Daytona is the first of three tracks that the "new car", which will run full-time beginning in 2011, will appear at this season. The "new car" was designed to reduce the number of cars the Nationwide Series teams will have to build and is equipped with all the safety features of the Sprint Cup Series "COT" to enhance driver's safety.

Stewart Cooper on the new Nationwide Series car

"These new cars are definitely going to be different, but seeing them out on the track for the first time is going to be fun! I had the chance to go to the test at Daytona with the No. 38 team and I am really confident in our cars and the speed they carry," Cooper said. "It's a totally different aero and mechanical package from the current cars, but I think it will suit Tayler's driving style. NASCAR has done a great job with the look of the body to give the Nationwide cars more character and the new Camrys look great! I'm really proud of the guys at our shop for building these new cars. We build all our own bodies and chassis, and the guys have been working really hard to put the best new cars out on the track!"

Malsam on heading to Daytona

"Daytona should be really good this year. It'll be the first time I've been in the new car and I can't wait to see how they handle. It's great for me because it's really going to level the playing field because no one has had much seat time in the new cars. I've talked to a few of the guys who have tested the cars, and from what they say it looks like we should put on a really good show for the fans this weekend. I'm really proud of the Iron Horse guys for working so hard to bring a great new car to the track and I can't wait to get out there and bring home another solid finish in the No. 10."

Equipment Information

The No. 10 Iron Horse team will hit the track with chassis #BR102 this weekend in Daytona. It is the first of the new Nationwide Series cars in the Braun Racing stable to hit the track!

-source: braun racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tayler Malsam