The black No. 3 Chevrolet that carried Dale Earnhardt Jr. to four NASCAR Nationwide series championships will boast a new American Ethanol paint scheme in several races during the 2012 season.
The new look for the iconic car was unveiled this past weekend during the NASCAR Preview 2012 event in Charlotte, North Carolina, where it was also announced that the driver would be Austin Dillon, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. Dillon is also the grandson of team owner Richard Childress, who decided to bring the No. 3 car back full time into the NASCAR Nationwide Series last November. Dillon drove the No. 3 in the Camping World Truck Series last year.
American Ethanol has also teamed with RAB Racing and driver Kenny Wallace for the 2012 season. They will attempt to make their Sprint Cup Series debut in the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, with Wallace at the wheel of the No. 09 American Ethanol Toyota Camry. Wallace and the No. 09 team finished seventh in the 2011 Nationwide Series driver championship standings, a career-best for the team after posting 11 top-10 finishes.
“The Daytona 500 is the race I grew up watching every year as a kid in St. Louis. It’s a very important race to me,” Wallace said. “I take this opportunity very seriously. I want to thank everyone at RAB Racing for working so hard in preparing this American Ethanol Toyota Camry.”