Wallace To Attempt 500
January 21, 2008 | 10:09 P.M. EST
Striving to reach its top potential, the team will be powering their Chevy Impalas with Hendrick Motorsports engines. Team Manager Joe Garone comments, "Having a world class driver in Joe Nemechek, and in our mind the best power in the garage with Hendrick engines, allows us to put the driver and engine program behind us. Crew chief Jay Guy and his staff can now focus on the vehicle dynamics and aero package of the new COT's."
Furniture Row Racing will be running the No. 78 Chevy Impala this season with sponsorship from both Furniture Row and Denver Mattress. The Team will continue to seek associate sponsorship for the No. 78 and primary sponsorship for the No. 87 Chevy Impala which will be making its debut at the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. Additional races for the No. 87 will only be scheduled when sponsorship is secured.
The No. 87 Chevy Impala will be piloted by former Furniture Row driver Kenny Wallace. "I'm honored that Furniture Row Racing has asked me to attempt to qualify the No. 87 Denver Mattress Chevy in the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500. It's a team effort, with Joe and I hopefully both qualifying. It's also a chance-- which is better than no chance at all to race."
Ed Nathman will be the crew chief for the No. 87 Denver Mattress Chevy Impala. "I'm very pleased to have such an opportunity to be the crew chief for Kenny Wallace as he drives the No. 87 Denver Mattress Chevy Impala for Furniture Row Racing."
Furniture Row Racing looks forward to having Kenny as Joe Nemechek's teammate. As this sport evolves into more and more multi-car teams, single car teams are becoming a thing of the past. To be able to continue their two car effort, Furniture Row is eagerly seeking sponsorship for the No. 87 car.
Joe Nemechek is also excited about the addition to the team, "It's so tough being a single car team," Nemechek says. "Kenny Wallace is great in the draft and it helps to improve our chances of getting into the 50th running of the Daytona 500." Jay Guy, crew chief for the No. 78 was quoted as saying, "I'm excited to see the growth of our team. We're glad to have Kenny with us at Daytona. I feel that a two-car effort will help us achieve our goals."
The expectations for the Daytona 500 and this season are quite simple: qualify for the races, race competitively, and have competitive pit stops every time the car stops for fuel and tires. If this is achieved throughout the season, then locking into the top 35 should take care of itself.