Daytona Beach, FL Drivers participating in the 16nd annual International Race of Champions series were honored today at a luncheon at the Pelican Bay Country Club in Daytona. The drawing to determine starting positions in the Daytona ...
Daytona Beach, FL
Drivers participating in the 16nd annual International Race of Champions series were honored today at a luncheon at the Pelican Bay Country Club in Daytona. The drawing to determine starting positions in the Daytona event scheduled for Friday, February 13, capped off the festivities. Defending IROC Champion Mark Martin had first pick and drew the tenth spot.
The starting lineup is as follows: 1. Tony Stewart 2. Dale Jarrett 3. Jimmy Vasser 4. Jeff Burton 5. Dale Earnhardt 6. Jeff Gordon 7. Terry Labonte 8. Al Unser, Jr. 9. Arie Luyendyk 10. Mark Martin 11. Tommy Kendall 12. Randy LaJoie
Notes and quotes:
Tony Stewart - "I'm not sure I like this spot, with all the champions who are behind me. I will spend more time looking in the rearview mirror than [looking] up front."
Dale Jarrett (to Tony Stewart) - "Look at how Alex Zanardi started races in the past. That is NOT how to do it."
Dale Earnhardt (to Tommy Kendall, who is looking for a ride) - "I can give you a job in Dale Jr.'s old car."
Jeff Gordon - "A friend of Rick Hendrick's will wave the green flag in the IROC race, so this is special."
Arie Luyendyk - "Last time I participated in this series was either 1992 or 1993. I would like to do better than my last appearance. I would like to suggest to the folks at IROC that the drivers who aren't here have to start last, or give them five pounds less tire pressure during the race."
Mark Martin - "I'm glad I'm not starting on the front row, after what happened in the Bud Shootout."
Tommy Kendall - "Let's see, Tony Stewart has 70 races this year. That is 66 more than I have. Earnhardt and others may be racing for fun, but I AM racing for the money."
Randy LaJoie - "Well, I have only one way to go - forward. (To Tony Stewart) - "Don't look in the rearview mirror. I did that last year and there was nobody there. I'll tell you what. Earnhardt is always laughing and smiling in these cars; he has a hell of a time."
TV Schedule: ABC-TV Daytona Race is February 13. Airdate is March 8 at 5 p.m. California Race is May 2. Airdate is June 7 at 5 p.m. Michigan Race is June 13. Airdate is July 5 at 5 p.m. Indianapolis Race is July 31. Airdate is August 1 at 4:30 p.m. (All times are Eastern)