STEVE WALLACE / 5-HOUR ENERGY RACING NEWS AND NOTES: DAYTONA II

THE RACE.   EVENT:  Subway Jalapeno 250, Round 17 of 34, 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series DATE / TIME:  Friday, July 1, 2011, 7:30 PM ET

VENUE:  Daytona Int’l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mile oval)

DISTANCE:  100 Laps, 250 Miles

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TV (PRE-RACE):  NASCAR Countdown, ESPN (Live-7:00 PM ET)

TV (RACE):  ESPN (Live-7:30 PM ET)

RADIO:  MRN Radio / Sirius (Live)

THE HEADLINES.   THE STORY:  On Independence Day weekend, Rusty Wallace Racing’s Steve Wallace (No. 66 5-Hour Energy / Infinite Hero Foundation Toyota Camry) heads to Daytona as part of a program designed to give back to those that fight for our freedom.  RWR’s No. 66 and No. 62 cars will carry special paint schemes this weekend, introducing the Infinite Hero Foundation to the NASCAR community.  The Infinite Hero Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation founded by longtime RWR partner Oakley, Inc.  It is dedicated to raising awareness and funding to meet the needs of our military heroes and their families.  Fans can visit infinitehero.org now to donate and to purchase limited edition items from Oakley’s Infinite Hero collection.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:  Steve and Rusty Wallace are featured in a five-page photo portrait essay in the current issue of Sporting News, highlighting great fathers and sons in sports.  Others featured include Andrew and Oliver Luck, James and Joe Laurenaitis, Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Nick Swisher with his father.

STEVE WALLACE AT DAYTONA:  Steve Wallace enters Daytona with three top-15 finishes in his last four starts at the “World Center of Racing.”  The 23-year old made his Sprint Cup Series debut in February’s Daytona 500, where he captured a lead-lap top-20 result at the wheel of RWR’s No. 77 5-Hour Energy Toyota.

THE MACHINES.   TEAM 66 PRIMARY:  RWR-056-The No. 66 team’s main super-speedway chassis for 2011,  RWR-056 has two prior starts in 2011, at Daytona I and Talladega.   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 Winn-Dixie as a partner for the  Daytona event.  Winn Dixie branding will adorn the TV panel of Wallace’s No. 66 Toyota in Friday evening’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 / INFINITE HERO FOUNDATION TOYOTA CAMRY):  “It’s a real honor to drive the 5-Hour Energy / Infinite Hero Foundation car during the July fourth weekend.  I’m excited to help give back-at least a little bit-to those who give everything to protect our freedoms.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a good run this weekend and give our heroes something to cheer for.  I really want to thank 5-Hour Energy for supporting this program as well.  I know it means a lot to those who will be helped by it.”

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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 two-ounce 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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