2014 Preseason Thunder is going to offer some fans a nice throwback as Rusty Wallace will be getting behind the wheel of Penske Racing’s No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. Brad Keselowski will be on hand to test the car and shake it down, though will step aside and let the 1989 Series Champion take some laps of his own.
Miller Lite helped put the promotion together as part of the sponsor's 40th birthday.
It'll mark Wallace's first time behind the wheel of a Cup car since 2005.
“It all started at Homestead I was standing between the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and 2 (Brad Keselowski) cars joking around and those guys were egging me on to get back in a car and when Brad got wind of it, he called me up two weeks later and was serious about it and Roger (Penske) was all for it,” the 57-year-old Wallace told NASCAR.com. “Everyone in the world has been on me to test. ‘Why haven’t you been back in a car?’ This here kind of got me.
“It’s going to be hard not to have a big ol’ smile all day Thursday.”
Wallace drove the No. 2 Miller Lite car to multiple wins - 55 - across his 25 year career.
“I thought it was a great opportunity and obviously there’s a lot going on with the retro scheme to tie in,” Keselowski said. "I’ve got a lot of respect for Rusty and am thankful for what he’s done. He pretty much put Penske’s NASCAR program on the board. He’s kind of the father of the Miller Lite racing program and it’s a great way for us to reconnect to the roots of our program and pay respect to him as kind of the patriarch of it in a lot of ways.
“For me, it was a no-brainer for him to do it.”
Crew chief Paul Wolfe has stated that neither Keselowski or Wallace will participate in any drafting throughout the test.