Michael Annett Daytona 2 News and Notes
The Headlines: Oakley Launches Infinite Hero Foundation at Daytona: This Independence Day weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Oakley is teaming with Rusty Wallace Racing’s No. 62 Nationwide Series entry to launch the Infinite Hero Foundation. Promoting the cause through a special paint scheme on Michael Annett’s No. 62 Toyota Camry, Oakley is introducing the Infinite Hero Foundation to NASCAR in an effort to drive awareness for the Foundation’s mission to raise funds to benefit the needs of our men and women in uniform.
Previous Race Recap: The highest finisher of Rusty Wallace Racing’s three-car team at Road America this past weekend, Annett earned the organization their fifth top-10 finish of the 2011 Nationwide Series season on Saturday. Annett and the No. 62 team’s seventh place finish tallied their best finish in 2011 and second top-10 finish this season.
Victory Lane Visitor: 25-year-old Annett returns to a track where he was victorious in the 2008 ARCA 200. One of two superspeedway wins on his resume, Annett’s 2008 visit to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway followed a 2007 ARCA Racing Series win at NASCAR’s famed Talladega Superspeedway.
Oakley and RWR Relationship Continues at Daytona: Dating back to 1990, Oakley began their relationship with driver-turned-team owner Rusty Wallace during his days as a Sprint Cup Series driver. That 21-year relationship has now carried into Rusty Wallace Racing where Oakley serves as the team’s primary outfitter. Annett, a devout wearer of the Oakley brand, is outfitted by Oakley for all of his at-track gear including firesuits, gloves, footwear and sunglasses.
For the latest updates on Michael Annett, please visit www.michaelannett.com. From the Cockpit: Michael Annett on the Infinite Hero Launch at Daytona: “I can’t think of a better time and place to help Oakley launch the Infinite Hero Foundation than Independence Day weekend at Daytona. It’s NASCAR’s most legendary venue. Our sport has a strong correlation with those who serve our country, and bringing the Infinite Hero Foundation to light on a weekend when we celebrate our freedoms should be a big success for the program. Those freedoms wouldn’t be possible without the service of our military. We’re really excited to race under the lights at Daytona with Infinite Hero colors on our Toyota Camry this weekend.”
The Machines: Team 62 Primary: RWR-057 – Michael Annett qualified 13th in this car in February at Daytona International Speedway and eighth in April at Talladega Superspeedway. Team 62 Back-Up: RWR-051 – The No. 62 Pilot Flying J team’s last race competing with this chassis was at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
About Infinite Hero Foundation: Infinite Hero is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to honoring and empowering those who exemplify the highest virtues of courage and heroism. The Infinite Hero Foundation carefully examines the issues that heroes and their families face in their daily lives and invests in innovative programs that meet the needs of these heroes, honoring their sacrifice and empowering their future.
Our heroes silently serve, provide aid around the world and defend the freedom and quality of life that all of us enjoy. They are proud of their service and rarely ask for anything in return. Some heroes do not come home to their families because they have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Others make it back, but carry physical and mental injury. It is the responsibility of us all to provide aid and supportive services for the families of heroes lost, and for those who must carry on with the scars of their sacrifice. Infinite Hero is dedicated to that purpose, and it needs your help.
To contribute to the cause, please visit http://www.infinitehero.org/. Oakley’s Infinite Hero Collection: Infinite Hero’s founding partner, Oakley, has designed a special edition collection of eyewear, apparel and accessories to benefit the Foundation. Rusty Wallace Racing drivers Michael Annett and Steve Wallace will be wearing Oakley Infinite Hero Fuel Cell sunglasses this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in conjunction with the Infinite Hero launch.
To purchase items from Oakley’s Infinite Hero line, visit www.oakley.com/store/collections/infinite-hero.
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