Dallenbach to drive No. 13 Ford twice DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (July 17, 1998) Wally Dallenbach, in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series season that has become a massive game of "musical chairs," became the latest pilot to switch seats when he was named...
Dallenbach to drive No. 13 Ford twice
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (July 17, 1998) Wally Dallenbach, in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series season that has become a massive game of "musical chairs," became the latest pilot to switch seats when he was named Friday to drive the No. 13 FIRSTPLUS Financial Ford Taurus for two races, beginning with the July 26 Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway.
Dallenbach, 35, an accomplished road racer, takes over the driving duties from NASCAR Winston Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Jerry Nadeau. Nadeau was released from the team on Wednesday.
Dallenbach, of Basalt, Colo., began his NASCAR Winston Cup Series career in 1991 (competed in 11 races) for car owner Junie Donlavey. His first full season was in 1992 while driving for renowned team owner Jack Roush. Over the years, Dallenbach has driven for such noted car owners as Richard Petty, Bill Davis, Bud Moore and Felix Sabates.
After being released by Sabates earlier this season, he drove most recently for Hendrick Motorsports as a substitute for injured driver Ricky Craven. Out of the three races he drove for Hendrick, he produced two top-10 finishes (Michigan and Pocono).
"I'm very happy to have Bill ask me to run the car at Pocono and Indianapolis," Dallenbach said. "After the Brickyard 400, we'll sit down and see what we've done and go from that point."
The FIRSTPLUS Financial team, co-owned by NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Bill Elliott and NFL quarterback Dan Marino, has competed in 14 races (the team has not qualified for four). Its best starting position is second (Sears Point), while its best finishing position has been 21st, twice (Daytona and Pocono).
"We are extremely confident of Wally's abilities and excited that he has come on board for the next three races," Elliott said. "Although he's only been in Winston Cup racing for a short amount of time, he is certainly no stranger to racing. He knows how to handle the needs of a sponsor, while at the same time putting all of his efforts into being competitive."
Source: NASCAR Online