Michael Annett prepared for Watkins Glen


Michael Annett, Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota
Michael Annett, Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

Road Course Return: Saturday's Zippo 200 at the Glen marks the Nationwide Series' second of three road course races in 2011. The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team's first road course attempt of the season gave them a top-10 finish. Michael Annett's seventh place effort at Road America is one of five top-10 finishes for the 25-year-old Rusty Wallace Racing driver this year. The Zippo 200 at the Glen will be his third ever start on Watkins Glen's 11 turn 2.45 mile course.

RWR Crew Gets Turned Around: Annett will be modifying his on-track technique this weekend by not only steering left, but making right hand turns as well. The driver won't be the only team member altering his routine; the No. 62 Pilot Flying J pit crew will have to make an unfamiliar change on pit road. With cars entering pit road from the left side rather than the normal right side, crew members have used daily pit practices to rehearse pitting on the opposite side. Watkins Glen is one of two races this season where the pit stop is reversed, with the other being Road America.

From the Cockpit:

Michael Annett on Road Course Racing:

"Our top-10 finish at Road America in June definitely gives me more confidence for this weekend's Watkins Glen race than I've had going into any other road course race I've ever competed in. I'm not by any means a road course racer, but I'm going to go into the race with the same mentality I had for Road America - be patient, stay on the track, keep all the fenders on the car, and take care of the transmission. We all know what tends to happen at the end of these road course races, and putting yourself at in the right position towards the end is key. Being patient and being where you need to be for a strong finish in the end is very important, and we proved that at Road America and that's what earned our seventh place finish."

The Machines:

Team 62 Primary: RWR-055 - Reconfigured as a road course car, RWR's No. 62 team raced at Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Iowa Speedway in May with this chassis. The team's most recently notched a seventh place road course finish with this car at Road America in June.

Team 62 Back-Up: RWR-051 - The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team's last race competing with this chassis was at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

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Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Annett
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