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Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Wallace To Compete In Daytona ARCA 200
Posted by: newsla on Feb 11, 2013 - 05:36 PM
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Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Wallace To Compete In Daytona ARCA 200 Prior To Full Season In NASCAR


Darrell Wallace Jr. is about to become the fourth African-American race car driver to run a full season in NASCAR.

But, first, the 19-year-old will be driving in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 Presented by MAVTV American Real at the historic Daytona International Speedway.

 

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Wallace is a developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing and former participant in NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program. He will be driving in the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona, which will be broadcast live on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I'm excited to get down to Daytona and run the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA race," said Wallace. "I know they have great equipment and have helped a lot of talented young drivers gain valuable experience. I appreciate Toyota continuing
their support of me and being on board for my first Daytona race."

Wallace will drive a full season schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. The Mobile, Alabama native will be just the fourth African-American to run a full season in a NASCAR National Series after Wendell Scott, Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester.

NASCAR started its Drive for Diversity program in 2004 to help develop minority and women drivers for its top series. The 19-year old, Wallace, drove in the K&N Pro Series East for JGR from 2010 to 2012. In 2010, he earned rookie of the year honors and became that series' youngest driver and the first African-American driver to win a race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

While collecting six wins in the K&E Pro Series East while part of NASCAR's diversity program, he also competed in four NASCAR Nationwide races for JGR in 2012, earning three top-10 finishes and his first-ever pole award at Dover Speedway.

"Darrell is one of those natural talents who possess skills far beyond his young age. He's already proved he can race with the best of them. We're expecting him to hit the track running and compete for a win at Daytona," stated Billy Venturini, Director of Competition for Venturini Motorsports.


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