–Aspen Dental Headlines Sponsorship in Partial Schedule for Familiar No. 64–
MOORESVILLE, NC (April 18, 2011)–Officials of Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) announced today that the team will field a third Toyota Camry in a partial 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.
In addition to RWR’s No. 62 Pilot Flying J Toyota–driven by Michael Annett–and its flagship No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota–piloted by Steve Wallace–the team’s familiar No. 64 will return to competition in 2011 with Sprint Cup veteran, David Reutimann, former No. 64 driver, David Stremme and 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown winner, Jason Bowles sharing the controls.
Providing primary sponsorship for four of the events is Syracuse, NY-based Aspen Dental, a network of nearly 300 dental practices across 22 states, that first teamed with RWR late last season. The No. 64 Aspen Dental Toyota Camry will compete in four races, those at Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Bristol Motor Speedway. Stremme is slated to pilot the No. 64 car in several of those events.
Meanwhile, Reutimann will lead off the season for the No. 64 team this weekend in Nashville, with sponsorship to be announced later this week. Additional races for Reutimann may be named in the near future.
Rounding out the trio of drivers for the No. 64 car is Jason Bowles. Bowles, the 2009 NASCAR K&N West Series Champion, will pilot the No. 64 Toyota in all three 2011 Nationwide Series road course events. Aspen Dental will back Bowles in the August event at Watkins Glen International, while sponsorship for the Road America and Montreal events will be named in the near future.
RWR General Manager and former Sprint Cup crew chief, Larry Carter will return to the pit box to lead the No. 64 team in its limited schedule. In his most recent crew chief role, Carter guided Steve Wallace to a lead-lap top-20 effort in this year’s Daytona 500-the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for both Wallace and RWR.
Aspen Dental plans to activate its RWR partnership through a number of programs, including at-track consumer-focused initiatives, various social media platforms and national advertising featuring RWR team owner, Rusty Wallace.
Stated Rusty Wallace, “We’re very excited about this new addition to our racing program. Not only are we able to continue our partnership with Aspen Dental–a solid and growing network of dental practices–but we’re also able to evaluate our race cars even further.
“It’s no secret that we haven’t run as well as we would have hoped in 2011 and having a veteran like David Reutimann giving additional feedback should help speed up our COT learning curve. At the same time, David Stremme did a great job for us in 2008 and I really feel like Jason Bowles has the potential to be fast at the Nationwide level.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Aspen Dental for supporting this program, as well as the folks at Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota for allowing David Reutimann to help us a bit.”
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About Rusty Wallace Racing, LLC
North Carolina-based Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) is a professional auto racing team steeped in the legendary racing history of its founder, Rusty Wallace. The team currently campaigns the No. 66 and No. 62 Toyota Camrys full-time in the prestigious NASCAR Nationwide Series, driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett, respectively. Additionally, RWR will campaign the No. 64 Toyota Camry in select 2011 events. RWR entries have finished among the top-ten in the Nationwide Series driver or owner standings in each of the last three seasons. For more on Rusty Wallace Racing, please visit the award-winning rustywallace.com.
About Aspen Dental
With more than 285 dental practices in 22 states, Aspen Dental practices are committed to providing patients with high-quality, comprehensive dental care in a welcoming, respectful environment. For the convenience of patients, Aspen Dental offices are open extended hours, including select Saturdays, offer affordable fees, a wide range of flexible payment plan options and work with all insurance providers. Walk-in patients and those with emergencies are welcome.
Aspen Dental practices are nationally accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which means that doctors and staff at each location are committed to meeting certain standards, including making a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. In 2010, Aspen Dental practices recorded nearly 1.9 million patient visits, including visits from more than 422,000 new patients.
For more information about Aspen Dental practices and services or to make an appointment, call 800-ASPEN DENTAL (800-277-3633) or visit aspendental.com.