|It's Official - Rusty Wallace to retire, from driving Nextel Cup, after 2005; Rusty Wallace will retire at the end of the 2005 season, Wallace made he announcement at the opening of a press conference at Daytona USA, among those speaking included: Bill Weber [hosting], Rusty Wallace, Bill France Jr., Mike Helton, Roger Penske, Steve Lauletta [Miller], Fred Wagenhals [Action], Bobby Allison, NHRA's Don Prudhomme, Speed Channel had many transmission problems with the press conference and lost the press conference feed around 11:25am/et or so and it never came back, wonder if anyone bought a bowflex while waiting for the press conference to come back on?
Explanation of technical difficulties during this morning's Rusty Wallace press conference on Speed Channel from Daytona Beach: The initial loss of audio was due to the failure of a "mult-box" (single source of audio distributed to multiple outlets) provided by the facility. The total loss of signal was due to a loss of shore power at the venue and the failure of a backup generator. With the loss of signal from Daytona, the network returned to scheduled programming.(SC PR)
AND Rusty Wallace announced plans for his final full season of competition Monday at Daytona USA, plans that include an elaborate merchandising effort featuring a number of different paint schemes at various events. Beyond that, however, Wallace said he's not going to walk completely away from the sport he's been around since his father won a trio of track championships in the St. Louis area. He'll continue on as a spokesman for Miller beer, his longtime sponsor, and maintain his ownership position in Penske Racing South, the team for which he has driven since 1991 and scored 37 of his 55 career Cup victories. Wallace also owns a team that competes in the Busch Series. He also has several auto dealerships and several other businesses that could occupy his time after he hangs up his helmet for good. Another thing that will keep Wallace around racing for a while is his son, Stephen, who wants to carry the family name into a third generation in the sport.
With 55 Cup victories, Wallace is ninth on the all-time winnerís list. In 634 races, the Missouri native has collected 191 top fives and 321 top 10s, and more than $38.6 million in winnings. One of the circuitís senior statesmen, the former ASA champion also has collected 36 poles.
Wallace has said that when he retires from driving he wants to be remembered as ďa guy who worked hard to get to the top.Ē His statistics will never let anyone forget that fact.
Wallace made his racing debut in 1973 at Lakehill Speedway near Valley Park, Mo. He recorded more than 200 feature-race wins from 1974-1978 before joining the United States Auto Club stock car circuit in 1979, where he was rookie of the year. He won the 1983 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series championship and the 1991 True Value IROC title.
∑ Debuted as a driver in 1973 at Lakehill Speedway near Valley Park, Mo.
∑ 1973 Central Auto Racing Association Rookie of the Year.
∑ Recorded more than 200 feature-race wins from 1974-1978, before joining the United States Auto Club Stock Car circuit for 1979 season.
∑ 1979 USAC Stock Car circuit's Rookie of the Year and points runner-up, winning five races.
∑ 1983 American Speed Association series champion.
∑ Voted Rookie of the Race in the 1984 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
∑ 1984 Champion Spark Plug Cup Rookie of the Year.
∑ First Cup win came in 72nd start: Valleydale 500 on April 6, 1986, at Bristol, Tennessee.
∑ First Cup pole position came in 110th attempt (80th superspeedway race), in Miller 400 on June 28, 1987, at Michigan International Speedway.
∑ Won the "All-Star" race (worth $240,000) on May 21, 1989, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
∑ Won the "Pole Shoot-Out" on February 8, 1998, at Daytona International Speedway.
∑ 1989 NASCAR Cup champion and 1988 and 1993 NMPA Driver of the Year. Runner-up Ki Cuyler Driver of the Year.
∑ Competed in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999.and 2000 International Race of Champions series; won four of 19 races and the 1991 IROC Championship. Has $555,200 in career IROC earnings.
∑ By winning the April 29, 2001 race at California, extended his streak of consecutive racing-winning seasons to 16 years. No driver has a longer active streak.
∑ First winner of NASCAR Cup series international competition; winning the November 24, 1996 Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka Circuitland in Suzuka City, Japan.
∑ Has distinguishing trademark as being NASCAR's only combination national/international race winner.
∑ Has now won races at 14 of the 23 active tracks and has won pole positions on 12 of the tracks.
∑ Ranks fourth in all-time winnings entering 2002.
1986 - Bristol, Martinsville
1987 - Watkins Glen, Riverside
1988 - Riverside, Michigan, Charlotte, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, Atlanta
1989 - Rockingham, Richmond, Bristol, Waktins Glen, Michigan, Richmond
1990 - Charlotte, Sonoma
1991 - Bristol, Pocono
1992 - Richmond
1993 - Rockingham, Bristol, North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, New Hampshire, Richmond, Dover, North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, Atlanta
1994 - Rockingham. Martinsville, Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Bristol, Dover, Martinsville
1995 - Martinsville, Richmond
1996 - Martinsville, Sonoma, Michigan, Pocono, Bristol
1997 - Richmond
1998 - Phoenix
1999 - Bristol
2000 - Bristol, Pocono, Michigan, Bristol
2001 - California
2004 - Martinsville