BUSCH: Kevin Lepage to join Heritage Motorsports at Daytona Rolex 24

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (December 9, 2002) -- Heritage Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series driver Kevin Lepage will join the driver lineup for the Heritage Motorsports ...

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (December 9, 2002) -- Heritage Motorsports announced today that NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series driver Kevin Lepage will join the driver lineup for the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2. Lepage will team with drivers Tommy Riggins, Dave Machavern and a fourth driver to be named later.

"I love Daytona, and I can't wait to return to the facility," said Lepage, of Shelbourne, Vt.. "Getting the chance to run the Rolex 24 with fellow Vermonter Dave Machavern will be the thrill of a lifetime. Dave has a top-notch team and knows how to win in the #48 Mustang. I've always liked road racing and this will give me a chance to start 2003 behind the wheel of a competitive race car."

While running an abbreviated NASCAR Busch Series schedule in 2002, Lepage garnered three top-five and six top-10 finishes, in addition to taking the poles in Michigan and Dover.

"I'm very excited to have a driver of Kevin's caliber on the team for this prestigious race," said Heritage Motorsports owner/driver Machavern.

The Heritage Motorsports Mustang will compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series GTS class. Entries from the GTS class have taken the overall victory in the historic twice-around-the-clock race in two of the last three years.

Heritage Motorsports made is Rolex Series debut in 2002, capturing four poles and five podium finishes in its class including a victory in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at Waktins Glen. The team finished third in the team owner point standings, and Riggins took runner-up honors in the class driver championship, while Machavern finished in fifth place.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 41st Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 1-2, and may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE. For more information about Heritage Motorsports, visit www.heritagevt.com/motorsports. Additional information about the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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