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January 21, 2008 10:49 AM

Braun Kicks Off his Season with Rolex 24 Race

CONCORD, N.C. (January 21, 2008) -- Roush Fenway Racing driver Colin Braun is going to start Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway a bit earlier than most of his fellow competitors in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Braun will be racing this weekend in the Rolex 24 event which starts Saturday afternoon, and concludes Sunday.

Braun will be driving for AIM Autosport in the No. 61 Exchange Traded Gold Ford-powered Riley. He will be teamed with Mark Wilkins, Brian Frisselle and Andrew Ranger. The four drivers will comprise one of the youngest teams in Rolex Sports Car Series competition. Wilkins and Frisselle are both 24 years old, Ranger is 21 and Braun is only 19.

Braun raced in his first Rolex 24 at the age of 16 in 2005, and went on to set a record at Daytona when he won the Brumos 250 at Daytona. Braun helped co-driver Jorg Bergmeister claim the 2006 Daytona Prototype title.

"I knew that I wanted to be in this race again so when Ford asked if I could run for AIM, I jumped at the chance," Braun said. "I saw how this team worked last season and I think Ian Willis (AIM team principal) has put a great group together. I think the move to Ford power is really going to raise what this team is capable of doing and the driver line up is a strong one that I'm really happy to be a part of."

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 will begin on FOX at 1 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 26. Coverage on FOX will continue for 90 minutes, and then switch to SPEED at 2:30 p.m. (EST). SPEED will broadcast live coverage for 15.5 hours of the event beginning at 2:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST. SPEED will resume coverage Sunday morning, January 27 at 6 a.m. (EST) through the checkered flag and post-race interviews.

Braun will return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in his No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150 at Daytona on Friday, February 15 for the season-opening race.

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