Wallace and Harr ready to rise to the challenge of Phoenix for JD MotorsportsBy Official Release
GAFFNEY, S.C. (November 6, 2012) – JD Motorsports w/Gary Keller teammates Mike Wallace and Darryl Harr are ready to take on the challenge of Phoenix International Raceway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
Wallace, who is currently 12th in the Driver’s Standings, is looking to solidify his points position with two races remaining. Harr is making his eighth start of the year and fourth at PIR.
As announced earlier, the No. 01 Chevrolet has primary backing from DeDe Rogers, who formerly owned a championship Formula Atlantic team (2000) and was named Owner of the Year in 2005 for her DSTP Motorsports. The car will also carry a decal to raise awareness for the Every Kid a King Foundation, based in Louisiana.
The foundation was started by Jim and Dana Bernhard in conjunction with the Shaw Group to help area nonprofits meet the immediate needs of children in the areas of welfare, health and education. Last week, Wallace was a special guest for their fundraiser in Baton Rouge. His car carried a foundation decal last week, and will do so again this weekend at the one-mile oval of PIR.
Harr, a native or St. Alberta, Canada, will pilot the No. 4 Tradebank Chevrolet for the team.
Mike Wallace Info
· This will be his 448th career NNS start
· The native of St. Louis is making his 32nd start in the 2012 season
· During that span, he’s completed 95.2 percent (5,363 of 5,634 ) laps contested
· When the series last visited PIR, Wallace and team were 22nd in Driver’s Points after the second race of the 2012 season
· Since then, they’ve moved up to 12th in points
· This will be Wallace’s 18th career NNS start at PIR
· During that span, he’s completed 96.4 percent (3,279 of 3,401) laps contested
· His best start was eighth in 2006 and finish was ninth in 2008. Last year, Wallace and team finished 16th – which was one of his eight top-20 finishes at PIR
Darryl Harr Info
· This will his 12th career NNS start, eighth of 2012 and fourth at PIR
· He’s completed 392 of 603 laps in those four prior start at the track
· In addition to his NASCAR racing, he also has 15 CASCAR and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts to his credit.
Tune in for the Win There are two practices on Friday with the first taking place from Noon to 1:30 p.m. ET and Happy Hour will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; both will be on SPEED TV. Qualifying is on the same network Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Race action begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN TV, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Ch. 98 for all 200 laps.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “This has turned out to be a great weekend even before we get to the track. Having DeDe Rogers from DSTP Motorsports backing us is incredible. She’s not only a championship Formula Atlantic championship owner, and the 2005 Owner of the Year – she’s also a great person.
“We’re also carrying the Every Kid a King Foundation decal on the car to help bring awareness to their cause. They’ve been doing some great work in the Louisiana area and I was privileged to attend one of their functions last week.
“As far as racing Phoenix, it’s a flat track where you have to handle real well out of Turns 2 and 4 to get all you can out of the straightaways. If it’s hot, the track is going to be really slick in those turns.
“We have two races left, and this JD Motorsports w/Gary Keller team is going to give it our all to close out the season on a good note. We worked too hard getting to the track, at the track and during the race not to get those good finishes.”