FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 18, 2007)—Following is a selection of notes and quotes from Steve Wallace, Chase Austin and Team HomeLife Communities Rusty Wallace Racing during this off-week for the NASCAR Busch Series:
PASSING THE TEST: Rusty Wallace Racing driver, Steve Wallace, Car Chief, Shane Huffman and the rest of the No. 66 team were in Lakeland, FL earlier this week, testing at USA International Speedway in preparation for next weekend’s event at Memphis Motorsports Park. Also attending the test in a consultant’s role was former Jr. Motorsports Crew Chief, Wes Ward. Said Wallace on Tuesday evening, “After the past several races, this team and I are more determined than ever to get back up front and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get there. We’ve had a lot of thoughts about our short track program and we wanted to work through some of our ideas. It’s hard to find many short tracks where you can simulate both the speed and surface of Memphis and we thought that Lakeland was one of the best places to do that. With all of his Hooters Pro Cup experience, Shane knows Lakeland like the back of his hand, too. We really learned a lot and I can’t wait to get back in the seat in Memphis.”
AUSTIN HOPING MEMPHIS “WON’T BE CRUEL”: In the final week before he will attempt to make his Busch Series debut, 18 year-old Chase Austin is at home in Kansas, completing some last minute schoolwork before heading to Memphis. While some young drivers might fold under the pressure of their initial foray into the Busch Series, the ever-cool Austin is trying to take it all in stride, “I’m really excited about next weekend, but I’m doing my best to keep everything in perspective. Our first goal next weekend is to make the race. There are usually a lot of cars at Memphis, but if we just do what we know our team is capable of, we’ll be fine. If we get past qualifying, then my focus is on running all of the laps, gaining respect from my competitors and maybe even being on the lead lap when all is said and done. Steve (Wallace) ran his first Busch race at Memphis two years ago and just about pulled off a top-ten. I hope that my team and I can do just the same next weekend.” Austin is scheduled to participate in NASCAR’s advance publicity event for Memphis, set for next Thursday. Please contact NASCAR PR for more details.
RWR EXPANSION UPDATE: As previously stated, Rusty Wallace Racing will field two cars in next year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series. Steve Wallace will again make a bid for the drivers’ crown from the cockpit of the No. 66. The team’s other entry, the No. 64, will see Chase Austin in a 15-race schedule, with a soon to be announced Sprint Cup Series driver competing in the other 20 events. To facilitate this, the team is currently undergoing a major expansion of its fabrication department, led by General Manager, Rick Carpenter. In 2008, RWR will bring the majority of its body fabrication in-house, with help from a staff of Cup-experienced fabricators. Noted RWR team owner, Rusty Wallace, “2008 is going to be the biggest year in our team’s history. We’re really working hard to rebuild key areas of our staff and ensure that we have “A-level” players in those positions. Rick Carpenter is doing a great job getting that done. We have the majority of the season fully-sponsored and we’re feeling good about that area, but with a lot of teams talking openly about their sponsorship status, it should be known that we still have room for a few good partners to get involved with our 2008 programs.
HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES AND RWR PARTNER WITH GANASSI IN ATLANTA: As a result of cooperation between team marketing departments, the HomeLife Communities logo will adorn the lower rear quarter panels of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 40 in next weekend’s NEXTEL Cup Series event in Atlanta. Noted Rusty Wallace, “This is a great opportunity for HomeLife Communities, but before anyone in the garage jumps to conclusions, I’m going to let everyone know that HomeLife isn’t going anywhere. Our team has always had a good relationship with the folks at Ganassi; we’ve been able to help their team now and then with a few items and this is just part of a trade with them.”
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About Rusty Wallace Racing
An affiliate of Rusty Wallace, Inc., Mooresville, NC-based Rusty Wallace Racing is a professional auto racing team founded in 2004 by NASCAR legend, Rusty Wallace. It scored its first NASCAR Busch Series victory and pole position during its inaugural 2004 season. For 2008, the organization will campaign the No. 66 and No. 64 entries in the Busch Series, driven by Steve Wallace and Chase Austin, respectively. The team currently enjoys primary backing from HomeLife Communities. For more information on Rusty Wallace Racing, please visit www.rustywallace.com.