Brian Vickers returns to Braun Racing Toyotas for a limited Nationwide Series schedule this season, beginning with today’s Camping World 300 at Daytona.
In 12 starts last season, Vickers earned two poles, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. In a Nationwide car at Daytona, the 2003 series champion has two top fives, including fourth in this race last season.
On Friday, Vickers qualified the No. 32 Toyota in the 27th position, but admitted the team focused on race mode rather than qualifying in practice.
“We were really happy with the car in race trim,” Vickers said, “and it handled really well. It seemed to draft well and suck up well, so we focused on that. It qualified as good or maybe better than we expected, and hopefully we’ll have what we need tomorrow.”
Vickers will drive a Braun car in the season’s first three events then return April 25 at Talladega. Teammate Scott Speed’s first Nationwide race comes Feb. 28 at Las Vegas in the No. 99 Red Bull Toyota with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Check out the Camping World 300 at 1:30 p.m. ET today.
On the Cup side: Speed’s No. 82 Red Bull Toyota returns to the track for the final practice before Sunday’s Daytona 500. Happy hour begins at 10:30 a.m. ET.
And on a side note …
One of the more popular pieces of reading material during Speedweeks is The Daytona Beach News-Journal, and Thursday’s special section focused on the history of car numbers since 1949.
According to the News-Journal, the No. 82 has raced 281 times with 44 different drivers and completed 40,461 miles. The No. 83 has raced 329 times with 52 drivers and completed 82,290.3 miles.