TRG Motorsports Heads to Daytona with Full Plate February 5, 2009 - Mooresville, N.C.- TRG Motorsports is heading to the Daytona International Speedway with a full plate of entries for Speed Weeks. The team will run one ARCA RE/MAX Series car,...
TRG Motorsports Heads to Daytona with Full Plate
February 5, 2009 - Mooresville, N.C.- TRG Motorsports is heading to the Daytona International Speedway with a full plate of entries for Speed Weeks. The team will run one ARCA RE/MAX Series car, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry and will attempt to qualify their Chevrolet Impala SS for the Daytona 500.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will see TRG Motorsports' John Ryan (J.R.) Fitzpatrick driving the No. 48 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet. The team goes into Daytona with a lot of confidence as they topped the speed charts in the pre-season ARCA RE/MAX Series test in December. The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will take the green flag on Saturday, February 7 at 4:15 p.m. and will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 4 p.m. ET.
J.R. Fitzpatrick will be pulling double duty as he will also be piloting the team's No. 7 Mammoet Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series. Fitzpatrick is known as Canada's youngest ever stock car racing champion. The Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 8 p.m. ET under the lights on February 13. Qualifying will be televised, tape delayed, on February 12 at 7 p.m. ET on the SPEED Channel.
Mike Wallace will have the honor of attempting to qualify TRG Motorsport's first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup entry at Daytona. Known as a superspeedway ace, Wallace will be behind the wheel of the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS. Even though the car will be referred to all week as a "go or go home entry", the team is confident that with top level equipment, Wallace's Daytona experience and the TRG Motorsports bank of knowledge, led by crew chief Butch Hylton, the car will be solidly in the field for the start on Sunday, February 15 at 3:20 p.m.
The team will first have to tackle qualifying scheduled for Sunday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. and televised on FOX. Qualifying will set the first and second starting positions for the Daytona 500 as well as establish the grid order for the Gatorade 150's. On Thursday, February 12, the team will be slotted into one of two Gatorade 150 races which will set the final starting positions for the Daytona 500. The Gatorade 150s will be televised on the SPEED Channel starting at 2 p.m. ET.
With a promising qualifying effort and a successful run in the Gatorade 150 the team will line-up for the 51st running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 15. The race will be televised live on FOX starting at 2 p.m., and the green flag will fly at 3:20 p.m. ET. The top-35 positions for the 500 are guaranteed to those with owners points from the previous season. Wallace and TRG Motorsports will be battling for one of the eight remaining positions in the 43 car field, of which, one of those positions is reserved for a past NASCAR champion. Currently there are 55 cars entered for the race.
"We really have our hands full with the ARCA car, the Truck and the Sprint Cup car," Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports, team principal said. "We have already had a nice beginning to Speed Weeks at Daytona with a strong one-two finish in the Rolex 24 Hours race last week with our GT sports car program. I really hope some of that momentum will carry forward into the NASCAR portion of Speed Weeks."
"We tested the ARCA cars down here in December and put up the fastest times of the session. J.R. was fantastic and we are really looking forward to having him drive for us this week. The team should unload the cars with a speedy setup to compete here on Sunday. J.R. will also be running our truck, so the valuable track time he got in the ARCA car in December as well as the laps he will turn in practice and the race should be a definite benefit for him in the truck."
"The team has been flat-out with the Sprint Cup car preparation. We know we have the knowledge and skill from both the crew side with Butch and the driver side with Mike to get the job done. There are a few variables. The first is no one has done any testing up to this point in the series. Usually there are at least a couple of days for each team at Daytona already, but not this year. But we are racing ex-Richard Childress cars, so with their pedigree and ECR engines we are really giving ourselves the best chance to have a successful 10 days in Daytona."