Date of Birth: August 14, 1956
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Residence: Cornelius, N.C.
Family: Patti (wife), Greg, Katie, Steve
For over 30 years, NASCAR Champion Rusty Wallace has delighted racing fans not only with his hard-‐nosed and aggressive approach to racing, but also with a personality and charisma that are unmatched in the sport.
Wallace’s accomplishments both on and off the track have been widely recognized. He is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association’s (NMPA) Hall of Fame, a past recipient of the NMPA Myers Brothers Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to the sport of stock car racing and a two-‐time NMPA Driver of the Year.
When all is said and done, Wallace, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 55-‐time race winner, will go into history as one of the greatest stock car drivers ever to strap on a helmet. At the time of his retirement from driving in 2005, Wallace ranked as one of the top-‐five money winners in NASCAR history, with nearly $50 million in career earnings. His 55 career victories marked the eighth-‐best all-‐time career total and the seventh-‐best in NASCAR’s modern era; his nearly 20,000 laps led ranked him seventh all-‐time. For sixteen straight seasons, Wallace won at least one race on NASCAR’s premier circuit, marking the third longest such streak in history.
In his final year on the NASCAR circuit, Rusty Wallace left fans with an appreciation for his vast contributions to the growth and popularity of NASCAR racing. More than a dozen state, city, and county seats of government declared race day as officially recognized Rusty Wallace Days. In addition, bestowed upon Wallace were Delaware’s Order of the First State and North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honors in those states.
Wallace’s current undertakings allow him to continue putting his immense knowledge and charismatic personality to work. In 2006, he was named Lead Auto Racing Analyst for ABC / ESPN and currently headlines NASCAR Countdown, the networks’ widely-‐popular race show. Thanks to his first-‐hand experience with the sport’s inner workings, Wallace is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on NASCAR racing.
Wallace is also active in other business pursuits. In 2005, he became the first driver in recent history to design a professional racing facility, when he inked the plans for the 7/8 mile Iowa Speedway. The next year, Iowa Speedway opened to rave reviews. The facility currently hosts rounds of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the IRL Indycar Series and a bevy of other professional racing series.
Additionally, Wallace is a sought-‐after public speaker and the principal stakeholder in The Rusty Wallace Automotive Group, a collection of six automotive dealerships located throughout eastern Tennessee. Wallace’s dealerships represent six different makes of new vehicles.
Rusty Wallace is a member of the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of Inductees.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo
Residence: Concord, NC
Birthday: March 10
Children: Lindsey, Chrissy and Matt
Hobbies: Water sports, Racing
Mike is the middle brother of the Wallace racing family, a
recognized and respected name, which includes Rusty and Kenny. The
family originated in St Louis, Missouri, and currently resides in the
Charlotte, NC surrounding area.
A restrictor plate specialist,
Wallace is known for having great success at superspeedways such as
Daytona and Talladega. At Daytona in February 2003, Wallace recorded
three Top 10’s in three days in three different Series and with three
different manufacturers: 6th place in the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet
in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, 4th place in the in the
NASCAR Nationwide Series race and 9th place in the NASCAR Nextel Cup
Wallace also recorded a win at the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway and went on to
record two more wins at the historic 2.5-mile tri-oval, including an
More notably, on July 2, 2004, Wallace went from fifth to first
on the final lap in the Winn-Dixie 250 and passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
and Jason Leffler coming out of Turn 4 to hand GEICO their first NASCAR
Nationwide Series victory since they became involved in the sport in
2001. It was also Wallace’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at
the legendary superspeedway.
Wallace has over 300 short track wins, while also recording wins
in the ARCA Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In Cup, he has 8
career top 10's and a career high finish of 2nd at Phoenix.
In 2007, Wallace had finished in 11th in the Nationwide Series
(previously known Busch Series) points. In 2008, Mike topped his
previous year with an 8th place finish in the Nationwide Series point’s
Wallace is part of the short list of NASCAR racers with more than
600 races to their credit. In fact, statistics show that Mike is the #2
driver in terms of awareness and in one of the top 5 most liked
Nationwide Series Driver.
Wallace first raced in NASCAR's #2 series in 1990 and has been a
fixture in that circuit every year since. He has over 375 starts in
NASCAR's #2 series and a combined 650 starts in all 3 series.
Not only is Mike recognized on the track, he is known for his TV
personality. He has been featured as a guest on NASCAR Now, Fox Got
Game, a range of ESPN Broadcasts and most recognizable GEICO
Commercials. Mike has the appeal to both NASCAR fans and Non-NASCAR
fans. While off track and not shooting TV shows, Mike helps to bring
awareness to charity organizations such as Double Harvest and MDA.
Mike’s youngest daughter, Chrissy, is following in his footsteps
as well in making her mark in the NASCAR Truck Series and Nationwide
Series. She is defiantly learning from a winner and a veteran. In
August 2008, Chrissy and Mike had the privilege of ringing the closing
bell on Wall St. at the New York Stock Exchange.
Contact Mike Wallace: email@example.com