By Rusty Wallace Racing
THE STORY: One of the preeminent road racers among the NNS championship contenders, Steve Wallace heads into the first NNS road race of 2011 at historic Road America with two top-ten finishes in the last three NNS road course events. Wallace ran as high as second en route to a top-ten in last year's event at Road America and has the highest driver rating at Road America of all championship-eligible drivers entered in this weekend's race. His first career NNS top-ten finish came in 2008 on a road course, Mexico City's former F1 circuit, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Wallace enters this weekend on a streak of six top-15 finishes in the last seven NNS races and is ranked eighth overall in the NNS championship standings.
TEAM 66 PRIMARY: RWR-052-Chassis 052 is a stunning example of the versatility of NASCAR's new COT platform. RWR-052 made its first and only NNS start last summer at Daytona, scoring a top-15 finish in a backup role. It was later used as an intermediate backup car for much of 2011, before being again reconfigured as a road racer.
TEAM 66 SECONDARY: RWR-050-One of RWR's first COT chassis, RWR-050 has two previous starts this season, with a best finish of 11th at Richmond.
FROM THE COCKPIT.
STEVE WALLACE (NO. 66 5-HOUR ENERGY TOYOTA CAMRY): "Road America is a fun track to drive. It's one that challenges every part of your race car and your team. Your car has to handle, you need good forward bite, the long straightaways demand big horsepower and 14 turns mean you really have to manage your brakes. When you add into it the strategy challenges of a four-mile road course, there are a lot of things that have to go right for you to have a good day at Road America. The real key though, is conserving your car, staying on course and being there at the end of the race. If we can just do that, I think that our 5-Hour Energy team is set to have a really strong race."