NASCARFans E-Mail List Just reported on RPM2NITE, Robert Yates Racing is not renewing Ernie Irvan's contract for 1998. Ernie was interviewed on the phone live, and he said he doesn't have anything set for '98 yet, but lots of irons in the ...

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Just reported on RPM2NITE, Robert Yates Racing is not renewing Ernie Irvan's contract for 1998. Ernie was interviewed on the phone live, and he said he doesn't have anything set for '98 yet, but lots of irons in the fire.

>From REVSPEEDWAY WEB SITE!

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ERNIE IRVAN

July 8, 1997

While it is not my wish, I will not be driving the #28 Texaco/Havoline Thunderbird next year.

There comes a time in many relationships when the best course for the continued success of all parties is to follow separate paths. Such is the case with Robert Yates Racing and myself.

I therefore confirm that my tenure as the driver of the #28 Texaco/Havoline Thunderbird will end with the close of the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup season.

While I regret that circumstances developed which prevented the continuation of my relationship with the team, I look forward to continuing my quest for a Winston Cup Championship, and wish the Texaco/Havoline team much continued success.

The members of the Texaco/Havoline team, both at the track and in the shop, work diligently to provide me with the best possible equipment every week. My pledge to them is to continue to race as hard as possible for the remainder of the season, to secure as many victories, and as high a finish in the Winston Cup point standings as we can.

I want to thank Texaco, Ford, Raybestos, Mac Tools and especially my fans for their support, during the good times and the bad over the past four years, and hope that you will continue to support me in the future.

I will announce my plans for 1998 and beyond in the near future.

Ernie Irvan

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Thanks to Rush Holladay for sending this to me!

Mike Irwin (mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series General
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing