DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 24, 2001) -- Mallett Cars, ltd. Berea, OH, and MTI Racing, Marretta, GA., with the full support of Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Chevrolet Racing, are fielding a C5 Corvette entry in this year's 2-hour Motorola Cup endurance race being held Friday, February 2, 2001 as a Rolex 24 Hour supporting race here at Daytona International Speedway.
Mallett Cars has teamed-up with MTI Racing to run the Z-06 Corvette with prominent NASCAR driver Steve Park and co-driver Reese Cox for this all-important opening event.
The Motorola Cup race is an exciting support event which is part of the 39th annual Rolex 24 hour race weekend. The increasing popularity of the Rolex 24 race has drawn the attention of at least 4 top NASCAR-Winston Cup drivers to this year's main event. The Mallett Corvette is the ONLY vehicle to feature a prominent NASCAR driver entered in the Motorola race, and will carry one of the exclusive in-car cameras to follow all the action. Both the Rolex 24 and the Motorola Cup race will be covered by the Speedvision network.
Reese Cox, MTI Racing owner, normally drives the No.98 and competes in the Speedvision World Challenge GT and Motorola Cup series. For this year's Daytona, he got together with nationally known Corvette Super Tuner Chuck Mallett of Mallett Cars and built a new special 2001 Z06 C5 Corvette. Cox said, "I'm a big believer in the Motorola Cup series. Having people the quality of Mallett help me prepare this car and having a terrific driver the quality of Steve Park agree to drive the car gives the team a platform to improve the publicity of both the team, Motorola Cup, and the Daytona Race. I am thrilled to be able to make this announcement."
The impact of the Mallett work has immediately shown results too. During the Daytona test session held earlier in January, the Cox/Park team set the Motorola Cup one-lap record with the first under 2-minute lap in the Motorola Cup series history.
Steve Park has driven for the Earnhardt Team since 1997, first in the Busch series and now in the Winston Cup, and says he is very exciting to drive the Mallett Z06 Corvette on the Daytona tracks. "This is great for me. I'm a Corvette enthusiast too. I bought a pewter 2001 Z06 Corvette this year, now I get the opportunity to race one on the Daytona track. Working with the Mallett and MTI Racing guys has been terrific. Getting to test with them; work on the Vette with them; crawl under the hood; has all been exciting and really made me feel like part of team. I'm very confident that we'll have a respectable performance at Daytona."
The 2001 Motorola Cup season opener will be ran at the Daytona International Speedway from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb.2. Details for all Motorola Cup events can be found on their web site: www.motorolacup.com.