April 15, 2008 11:56 AM

Colin Braun to Pilot No. 16 3M Ford Fusion in Mexico City

CONCORD, N.C. (April 15, 2008) - Colin Braun will return to his road course racing roots this weekend when the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Braun will be behind the wheel of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion for his second Nationwide Series start of the season.

The 19-year-old has five years of road course racing experience including two starts at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Rolex Grand AM Daytona Prototype races. He finished second in 2006, and started on the pole and finished second in 2007. This will be Braun’s first start on the track in a stock car.

"I’m really excited to get to Mexico City this weekend," said Braun. "It’ll be fun to be at a track where I have more experience than a lot of the other Nationwide Series drivers. I know the 3M Ford Fusion will be fast. I’m ready to get down there - it’s going to be a lot of fun."

In preparation for this weekend, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular joined his Roush Fenway Racing teammates for a test session at Virginia International Raceway last month.

"We are thrilled that Colin is driving for us this weekend," said crew chief Eddie Pardue. "He’s proven he can win road course races. This is a track he feels really comfortable on and we’re excited to get going. We’re taking a good car and I expect Colin to run up front all weekend."

Braun has one Nationwide Series start this season. He qualified ninth and finished 15th at Nashville Superspeedway last month.

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Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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