Penske Racing’s 2010 owner’s points from the team’s No. 77 Sprint Cup team will be used by Steve Wallace, who will attempt to make his Cup debut at Daytona. As a result of the move, Wallace will be guaranteed a starting spot in the 500, as the No. 77 finished the 2010 season 30th in owner’s points.
At this point in time, however, a deal does not seem to be done. If a deal can be completed, Wallace will take the owner’s points from the No. 77, Greg Wallace, vice president of Rusty Wallace Racing — Steve Wallace’s current Nationwide team, said.
Greg Wallace said:
In the past, Rusty has expressed a well-known interest in having Steve compete in this year’s Daytona 500, either with RWR or an established Cup team. Various opportunities have arisen for that to happen, but as of now, nothing has been completed.
Update: Rusty Wallace Racing announced that Steve Wallace will make his Sprint Cup debut in the 2011 Daytona 500, driving RWR’s No. 77 5-Hour Enegry Camry. Larry Carter will serve as crew chief for Wallace during the race.
Starting my first Daytona 500 is definitely going to be the most exciting day of my career-make that my life-so far. It’s something that every kid wanting to be a racer-including me-dreams of doing one day. It’s the some of the best drivers in the world competing in the biggest race in the world. I really have to thank 5-Hour Energy and Aspen Dental for making this possible. As far as the race, my goals are simple: to stay out of trouble, earn all the respect I can from the other guys and make sure the 5-Hour Energy Toyota is there at the end of the race. The way restrictor plate racing goes, if we can do that, there’s no telling what can happen.
Rusty Wallace added:
When you’re a young driver coming up, you dream about racing in the Daytona 500 and now Steve’s going to get the opportunity to do it. He’s grown by leaps and bounds as a driver in the Nationwide Series over the last few years and we think he’s ready for this opportunity. We’ve been looking at this race as an opportunity for a while, because I really believe that the new pavement at Daytona is going to be a great equalizer among the teams. The cars will have a ton of grip and it’s going to make handling a much smaller part of the equation.