Full Speed into Daytona
February 19, 2006
Furniture Row Racing Heads Full Speed Into Daytona
Denver, CO- Kenny Wallace, 42, the youngest brother in the famous Wallace racing family, is revving up to take on the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP field for the biggest race of the season, the Daytona 500. Wallace will be driving for one of the few sponsor owned NASCAR NEXTEL CUP teams, Furniture Row.
The #78 Furniture Row Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Wallace will be facing some tough obstacles to make the show.
Despite the challenges, Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing's crew chief, is positioning the program to be as competitive as possible. Furniture Row Racing is involved with a technological partnership with a North Carolina based team. This will enable the team to share engineers. The #78 also underwent a two-day motor test at Daytona, followed by an intermediate car test in Las Vegas. Although practice for qualifying has gone extremely well, the team ran into some snags which ultimately led to a weak starting position for qualifying this Thursday for the first race of the season.
Garone explains the problematic issues during qualifying last Sunday. "Suspension adversely affected the aerodynamics of the car, preventing if from running at the optimal level during the qualifying run."
However, the team is still eligible to run in one of two 150-mile qualifying races Thursday.
Furniture Row is banking on Wallace's expertise, in both driving and garnering media exposure, to cinch a positive experience at Daytona.
Wallace has built a reputation as one of NASCAR’s most colorful and well-known personalities, which has created opportunities for him to expand his career into the television arena. This year, Wallace is back in front of the camera as co-host of SPEED Channel’s most popular show “NASCAR RaceDay”, formerly known as “NASCAR This Morning”. Following Nextel Cup races, Wallace will be in back in “NASCAR Victory Lane” to wrap up the events of the weekend with his co-hosts, John Roberts and Jimmy Spencer. Wallace, who is featured along with his wife Kim and daughters Brooke, Brandy, and Brittany, has become one of the most popular drivers on NASCAR Drivers 360. Look for discussions regarding Furniture Row Racing endeavors throughout the season on these programs.