Daytona Beach, FL (Feb. 11, 2004) -- The inaugural Crown Royal International Race of Champions driver draw for starting positions took place Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway determining the line up for Race One on Friday, Feb. 13.
Ryan Newman, representing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, who won a series high 11 poles in 2003 qualifying, only had to reach into a purple Crown Royal IROC bag to win the pole for Race One on Friday. This will mark Newman's first start from the pole at Daytona International Speedway, which will be broadcast live on Speed Channel at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, Jimmie Johnson will start from the outside pole next to Newman in row one, with row two being comprised of World of Outlaws champions, Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser, starting third and fourth respectively.
Row three will be reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, Matt Kenseth starting fifth with IRL IndyCar Series driver, Scott Sharp starting sixth.
The fourth row is comprised of Crown Royal colors as 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil will start seventh in the violet color number 24 and reigning Crown Royal IROC champion, Kurt Busch will start eighth in the Royal Purple number 97, in honor of his championship.
Starting ninth will be the 2002 IROC champion, Kevin Harvick, with 10th starting spot going to the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon. The final row will consist of USAC champion, J. J. Yeley in 11th and two time Indianapolis 500 champion, Helio Castroneves in 12th.
Speed Channel's Crown Royal IROC broadcast team, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond, hosted the draw.