TRG Motorsports will make its NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in the Daytona 500 next month, February 15.
The team, which will field a car for veteran driver Mike Wallace, is taking its experience garnered at the top levels of professional sports car racing and in the Camping World Truck Series, where they posted their first win in 2008, to NASCAR's biggest stage.
"This is a huge opportunity for TRG Motorsports," said team boss, Kevin Buckler, "With the group of partners we have and very competitive team and package we decided to put a programme together and race at the 500.
"We have been on a very steep growth curve with our entries in the Truck Series and ARCA. With the economic situation, it is always nice to be able to look for opportunity wherever possible and that is what we have done. This will be defining moment in our team's history. The plan we crafted two years ago is in place, objectives are being met and we are trying to reach our goals."
With more than 55 entries expected to compete for 43 starting positions in the 200-lap Daytona 500, the biggest goal for TRG Motorsports is to make it into the show. However with one of the most competent super speedway drivers in the world drafted in to pilot the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet the whole team is pretty confident.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with TRG Motorsports in regard to their new Sprint Cup effort," Wallace added. "With all of the success that they've had in road racing and the championship calibre organisation that they've put together on the NASCAR side, I'm really excited about the opportunity to race for them at Daytona.
"They are true racers and that's the type of group that I want to be associated with. They've proven that they can win in the Truck Series and to be able to help with their first effort in Sprint Cup is exciting."
Wallace has three wins at Daytona and hopes to secure his first Spring Cup win in the legendary Daytona 500. He will have a solid chance too after pairing with TRG Motorsports and veteran crew chief, Butch Hylton.
Hylton is a Daytona winner, having led Kevin Harvick Inc.'s #33 Nationwide team to a win in the 2005 Daytona 300. Hylton was also responsible for helping Yates Racing place two cars on the front row for the 2007 Daytona 500.
With this being the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar meanwhile, TRG Motorsports has purchased a super speedway car from one of the most powerful teams in the sport, Richard Childress Racing.
Through their association with Chevrolet, TRG and RCR have entered into a 'technical alliance' which will benefit both teams.
"With a former Richard Childress Racing car and engines supplied by ECR Engines we have accelerated our learning curve substantially," Buckler explained. "Couple that package with the experience that Mike brings and I believe we have a very competitive package. While the competition will be very, very tough with Mike behind the wheel and Butch calling the shots as the crew chief, we should have a legitimate shot at qualifying our way into the field and making our Sprint Cup debut in this prestigious race! This will be a real honour to be able to see our time take that green flag."