NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and 1989 champion Rusty Wallace will participate in NASCAR Preseason Thunder activities at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Thursday by driving the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford during testing at the track, in place of current driver Brad Keselowski.
“I am pretty pumped up about this,” Wallace said. “This is a big deal, and I can’t wait to get the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford up to speed, especially at Daytona. This will be my first time driving the new Gen-6 car, and I think it will give me a better perspective on how I cover the races for ESPN as an analyst. This is going to be a lot of fun, yet there is also a business component, too. I can’t thank Miller Lite, ESPN and Team Penske enough for giving me this opportunity. Man, what a fantastic way to start the year.”
The call to put Wallace back behind the wheel of the No. 2 coincides with the 25th anniversary of his 1989 Cup championship and the 40th anniversary of sponsor Miller Lite. Wallace retired from NASCAR competition at the conclusion of the 2005 season.
During Thursday’s test session, Wallace will don a firesuit featuring the original Miller Lite logo. Keselowski will wear a similar firesuit in the Daytona 500 at DIS on Feb. 23.
Testing is schedule from 9 a.m. to noon ET and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET each day, Thursday through Tuesday (Jan. 14). Thursday and Friday afternoon sessions may be seen live on FOX Sports 1. There will be a same-day delayed broadcast of the Saturday afternoon session from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.
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