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Race Notes: Darrell Wallace Jr. Joins Roush Fenway

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, December 18 2014

Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive a Mustang for Roush Fenway next year. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Rusty Jarrett)

Roush Fenway Racing announced that Darrell Wallace Jr. will drive the No. 6 Ford Mustang for the team in the NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series next season.

The 21-year-old Wallace has posted five wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – where, a year ago, he drove at Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports – including four in 2014.

“I’ve had a remarkable journey over the last few years thanks to people who have put me in a position to win the races that I have,” Wallace said. “When I first joined the sport, many said I would never compete with the real drivers. Now, as I join the winningest team in NASCAR history, I take that as a responsibility to add more wins to the team’s legacy and help tear down the barriers for the next generation of NASCAR drivers.”

“We are very excited to bring Bubba Wallace into the Roush Fenway fold,” said team president Steve Newmark. “He is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers and I feel that we are very fortunate to be able to bring him on board. He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track. We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season.”

In 2013 with his victory at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace became the first African American driver to win in one of NASCAR’s three national series since 1963. He has competed in six career NXS races, earning four top-10 finishes and a pole at Dover International Speedway.

“We are certainly pleased to have Bubba Wallace come on board,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “He is certainly a great young talent and I feel it will be mutually beneficial for us to be able to put him into a team environment with a veteran driver like Elliott (Sadler) and the young guys Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed. We have had a great deal of history in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and we are happy to have Bubba as the latest piece of that rich legacy.”

“We’re thrilled to have Bubba Wallace be part of our Ford Mustang racing efforts,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “His winning performances since becoming part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program have certainly made him one of the drivers in the sport to watch in the future, and we think he can bring a lot to Roush Fenway and Ford, both on and off the track.”

Seven-time IMSA champions and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced it would field two Prototypes for the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Veteran Scott Pruett and new teammate Joey Hand will unite with CGR IndyCar Series race-winner Charlie Kimball and development driver Sage Karam to form the lineup in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley, while CGRT Verizon IndyCar Series Champions and Indianapolis 500 Winners Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan join CGRFS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) reigning Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NSCS racewinner Jamie McMurray in the No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost Riley.

“I love this race because it is one of the few times that we are able to bring all of our drivers and partners together in one race,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA drivers and partners are all represented in this unique endurance event. We have had the good fortune of having success in this event which is the result of a lot of hard work by the crew, talent behind the wheel and at some level, a little luck. But I think the best thing about the Rolex 24 is that it is the first event of another season. I can’t wait.”

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, December 18 2014
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