Team: No. 17 Fifth Third Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Primary Chassis: RK- 781- chassis raced numerous times by the No. 16 team in 2012.
Backup Chassis: RK-799 – Last ran during Daytona test
· Stenhouse at Daytona
o Stenhouse has six Nationwide career starts, earning two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
o After getting some nose damage to his Ford, Stenhouse battled back earning a 12th -place finish in the Daytona 500 earlier this year.
· The Car
o Chassis RK-781 is a new chassis for the No. 17 team. The chassis was raced numerous times by the No. 16 team last year including a third-place finish in 2012 Daytona 500 and led 35 laps in the Coke Zero 400 last year.
· Fifth Third Bank
o Stand Up to Cancer will be featured on the No. 17 decklid.
o Stand Up To Cancer and the Cancer Research Institute have joined forces in one of the most promising new research areas, using the science of immunology to get our bodies’ own natural defenses to fight the disease. Immunotherapy has the potential to significantly change the treatment of cancer as we know it. Stand Up with us. Together, we can impact millions of lives.
Stenhouse on the Coke Zero 400:
“I can’t believe we are already back racing in Daytona. The Coke Zero 400 is always a cool race because it’s Saturday night racing under the lights and the celebration of July 4th weekend. The key to plate racing is to stay out of trouble and be in position at the end of the race to go for the win. I feel confident we can get a top-10 finish or even a win this weekend.”
Graves on the Coke Zero 400:
”We had a solid finish in the Daytona 500 so I feel confident going into this weekend. We are bringing a new chassis to the No. 17 team so we will utilize both practices to find speed and work on drafting. You never know when the big one will happen so you’ve got to stay out of trouble and be in position at the end of the race.”