Daytona II: Brian Ickler preview

ICKLER RETURNS TO THE NO. 16 - Brian Ickler makes his return to the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford for Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. It will mark his third start in the No. 16 and fourth start overall for Roush...

ICKLER RETURNS TO THE NO. 16 - Brian Ickler makes his return to the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford for Roush Fenway Racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. It will mark his third start in the No. 16 and fourth start overall for Roush Fenway. Ickler's last start was in the No. 6 car at Kentucky where he started 21st and finished 14th, even after being involved in an incident on a restart.

DAYTONA DEBUT - This weekend's start at Daytona will mark Ickler's first at the 2.5-mile superspeedway across any of NASCAR's top series'. Ickler did however, share seat time in the No. 16 with teammate Colin Braun at NASCAR's open test at the track in May.

BRAUN TO RETURN AT CHICAGO - Colin Braun will return to action in the No. 16 Con-way Freight Ford next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This will begin a six race stretch for Braun which will also see him in the No. 16 3M Ford in Iowa. In his last four starts in the No. 16, Braun hasn't finished outside of the top-12 with an average finish of 10.7.

DAYTONA CHASSIS SELECTION - Crew chief Rick Viers has selected RK-679 for this weekend's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. This is a brand new chassis for the No. 16 team and is making its debut this weekend.

Ickler, on returning to the No. 16 team in Daytona:

"This is a really exciting weekend for me with a lot of firsts: first time racing at Daytona, first time driving the new Mustang and first time working with Rick (Viers, crew chief). These new cars look really great and I think it's going to add an element of excitement to the race weekend for sure. I've been able to interact with Rick a bit over the last few weeks and I've seen what he has done so far with Colin (Braun) and the guys. I'm excited to be able to work with him and continue to build some more on what he's already accomplished."

Crew chief Rick Viers, on heading to Daytona with the new Ford Mustang and Brian Ickler:

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Mustang hit the track in Daytona. I met Brian Ickler just a couple weeks ago and we are both ready for what challenges Daytona has for our team and the new Ford Mustang. We will work hard to get our car to handle well in the draft which is so important to having success there. The guys at Roush Fenway had a good test several weeks ago and I feel our Ford Mustang is ready and will be very competitive."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Colin Braun , Brian Ickler
Teams Roush Fenway Racing