Kenny Wallace, No. 99 Toyota “Let’s Go Places” Toyota Camry Texas Motor Speedway PreviewPress Release
No. 99 Toyota “Let’s Go Places” Toyota Camry
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event / Date: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge -November 3, 2012
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway
News & Notes:
This Week’s Toyota “Let’s Go Places” Toyota … Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing with Brack Maggard chassis No. 42 in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. A workhorse of the RAB Racing stable, this Toyota Camry has raced 10 times in 2012, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway in March, at Texas Motor Speedway in April, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in June, at Iowa Speedway in August, and at Richmond International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway in September. Most recently, this chassis raced at Kansas Speedway when the series last raced two weeks ago. Drivers Alex Bowman, Brett Moffitt, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Truex and Kenny Wallace have each driven this chassis, with Wallace posting a seventh-place finish as its best result at Auto Club Speedway.
New Colors … RAB Racing’s Toyota Camry will sport new colors this weekend when the red and white paint scheme of Toyota’s “Let’s Go Places” campaign adorns the No. 99. “Let’s Go Places” evokes the forward-looking and optimistic momentum of Toyota in America. It invites consumers on a journey to see new places, discover new possibilities and dream big dreams together with Toyota.
Welcome Aboard, Microsoft … Released worldwide on Friday, Oct. 26,Microsoft’s Windows 8 will be featured as an associate sponsor for this weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Windows 8 offers a new user interface and a wide range of apps available in the new Windows Store. A result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, are now available with the all-new Windows 8 operating system.
Wallace at Texas … In 16 Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Wallace owns one top-10 finish. His best finish, ninth, came came in April, 2005. The St. Louis native has completed 2,770 of 3,127 possible laps at the 1.5-mile oval, and has an average finish of 23.8.
Are You Experienced? … In addition to his 16 previous NNS starts at the 1.5-mile venue, Wallace has competed in eight Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, posting his track-best finish of 13th in April, 1997.
Last Time at Texas … Ryan Truex made his first start at Texas Motor Speedway behind the wheel of RAB Racing’s Toyota Camry when the series last raced there in April. While the 20-year-old driver had a strong run going for most of the event, an engine failure in the closing laps left Truex and crew with a less-than-desired finish.
RAB Racing at Texas … In seven previous Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, RAB Racing entries have recorded three top-20 finishes with drivers John Wes Townley and Wallace.
Through 30 Races … Over the season’s first 30 races, RAB Racing has accumulated one top-five and four top-10 finishes. The Nationwide Series race-winning organization has has completed 5,076 of the 5,635 laps they’ve contested thus far with its eight drivers – Bowman, Patrick Carpentier, Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Moffit, Pastrana, Townley, Truex and Wallace.
Get Well, Torie … In recognition of his 16-year-old daughter Torie Costa’s battle with childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue malignant tumor of skeletal muscle origin that accounts for approximately 3.5% of the cases of cancer among children aged 0 to 14 years, crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the members of RAB Racing’s Nationwide Series team are wearing pink bracelets in support of Torie. A CaringBridge site has been created where Torie and her family post updates as she battles her disease. Family and friends are able to visit the site, stay informed and leave supportive messages. To keep up with Torie’s journey, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/toriecosta
Catch the Action… Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN, and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Kenny Wallace Quote:
“I am really honored to drive the Toyota “Let’s Go Places” Toyota Camry at Texas Motor Speedway. Texas is one of my favorite racetracks, and it is always a big event. We’re coming off of a great run at Kansas Speedway a couple of weeks ago, where we qualified fourth and ran in the top 10 the majority of the day. We’re looking to capitalize on the momentum from that race. I think RAB Racing is doing great, our Toyotas are always fast, and I’m looking forward to racing this weekend.”
Scott Zipadelli Quote:
“A good handling Toyota Camry and track position are critical to being successful at Texas Motor Speedway. Track position is really important, as it always is with the Nationwide Series cars at the mile-and-a-half tracks, because they tend to get aero-tight in traffic. It’s a very fast track, the cars carry a lot of speed. It’s a great area, there’s always a lot going on in Dallas and Fort Worth around the race weekend, so I always look forward to racing at Texas Motor Speedway.”
Source: RAB Racing with Brack Maggard Press Release
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