Michael Annett Looking Forward to Nationwide Series New Car Debut at Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 29, 2010) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will make its debut this weekend at legendary Daytona ...
Michael Annett Looking Forward to Nationwide Series New Car Debut at Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 29, 2010) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will make its debut this weekend at legendary Daytona International Speedway in Friday's Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola. Michael Annett, a former winner at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, will pilot the No. 15 Germain.com Toyota Camry for the inaugural Nationwide Series new car race, one of four on the Nationwide Series schedule for 2010.
In addition to this week's Subway Jalapeno 250, the Nationwide Series events at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, Richmond International Speedway on September 10 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 15 will all be Nationwide Series new car points races before the new car's full integration into the series in 2011.
In preparation for Friday's race, the No. 15 Germain Racing team participated in NASCAR's two day test of the new car at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, May 18th and Wednesday, May 19th. Of the 24 cars that completed the test, Annett was third fastest in the Tuesday morning session, 12th in the Tuesday afternoon session and sixth in the Wednesday morning session.
In response to the successful new car test in May, Annett said, "Overall, we had a productive test at Daytona back in May. We learned a lot about the new car, and it was really fun to drive. I'm excited about the new car bringing more tightened competition among all of the teams in the Nationwide Series. One of the best features about the new car is its look. Each manufacturer's model has created a signature look, so the Toyota Camry now has its own identity. On the competition side, we unloaded a really comfortable and fast race car."
Statistically, Annett has shown great success on superspeedways with two wins tallied in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway (2008) and Talladega Superspeedway (2007). In five career qualifying attempts at Daytona, Annett has started third (ARCA, 2008), fourth (ARCA, 2009), 18th (Nationwide Series, 2009), ninth (Nationwide Series, 2009) and 18th (Nationwide Series, 2010). He heads to Daytona on the heels of a 12th place finish in his most recent run on the 2.5 mile tri-oval in February's Drive4COPD 300.
"Daytona has always been one of my favorite tracks, so I'm looking forward to the first race in the new car being on a superspeedway. We'll be racing the new car on a variety of tracks this season, but Daytona will be our only superspeedway run," said Annett. "Not only have I run well at Daytona, but I enjoy everything about racing there. I'm really excited to get back on the track this week in the new No. 15 Toyota Camry."
-source: germain racing