STEVE WALLACE / 5-HOUR ENERGY RACING NEWS AND NOTES: ROAD AMERICA

THE RACE.

EVENT:  Bucyrus 200, Round 16 of 34 in the 2011 Nationwide Series

DATE / TIME:  Saturday, June 25, 2011, 5:30 PM ET

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VENUE:  Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (4.048-Mile Road Course)

DISTANCE:  50 Laps, 202.4 Miles

TV (PRE-RACE):  NASCAR Countdown, ESPN (Live-5:00 PM ET)

TV (RACE):  ESPN (Live-5:30 PM ET)

RADIO:  MRN Radio / Sirius (Live)

THE HEADLINES.

THE STORY:  One of the preeminent road racers among the NNS championship contenders, Steve Wallace heads into the first NNS road race of 2011 at historic Road America with two top-ten finishes in the last three NNS road course events.  Wallace ran as high as second en route to a top-ten in last year’s event at Road America and has the highest driver rating at Road America of all championship-eligible drivers entered in this weekend’s race.  His first career NNS top-ten finish came in 2008 on a road course, Mexico City’s former F1 circuit, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.  Wallace enters this weekend on a streak of six top-15 finishes in the last seven NNS races and is ranked eighth overall in the NNS championship standings.

THE MACHINES.

TEAM 66 PRIMARY:  RWR-052-Chassis 052 is a stunning example of the versatility of NASCAR’s new COT platform.  RWR-052 made its first and only NNS start last summer at Daytona, scoring a top-15 finish in a backup role.  It was later used as an intermediate backup car for much of 2011, before being again reconfigured as a road racer.

TEAM 66 SECONDARY:  RWR-050-One of RWR’s first COT chassis, RWR-050 has two previous starts this season, with a best finish of 11th at Richmond.

THE ENERGY SHOT.

WELCOME ABOARD: 5-Hour Energy Racing welcomes Kwik Trip Convenience Stores as a partner for the Road America event.  Kwik Trip branding will adorn the TV panel of Wallace’s No. 66 Toyota in Saturday’s race.

DID YOU KNOW?:  5-Hour Energy contains a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids and essential nutrients. It contains zero sugar, zero herbal stimulants and four calories. The amount of caffeine varies depending on the energy shot. Original 5-Hour Energy contains as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Extra Strength contains as much as 12 ounces of coffee, while Decaf 5-Hour Energy contains only as much caffeine as a half cup of decaffeinated coffee.

FROM THE COCKPIT.

STEVE WALLACE (NO. 66 5-HOUR ENERGY TOYOTA CAMRY):  “Road America is a fun track to drive.  It’s one that challenges every part of your race car and your team.  Your car has to handle, you need good forward bite, the long straightaways demand big horsepower and 14 turns mean you really have to manage your brakes.  When you add into it the strategy challenges of a four-mile road course, there are a lot of things that have to go right for you to have a good day at Road America.  The real key though, is conserving your car, staying on course and being there at the end of the race.  If we can just do that, I think that our 5-Hour Energy team is set to have a really strong race.”

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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-driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett, respectively-in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  RWR will also campaign the No. 64 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 Living Essentials, LLC

Farmington Hills, MI-based Living Essentials, LLC, is the maker of 5-Hour Energy, the category leader in 2 oz. liquid energy shots.  5-Hour Energy is available nationwide at major retailers in the Grocery, Drug Store, Mass Merchant, Warehouse and Convenience Store classes of trade.  Living Essentials sells over seven million bottles of 5-Hour Energy per week.  For more information, please visit 5hourenergy.com.

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