Mark Martin - 2005 champion

MARTIN BRINGS HOME RECORD FIFTH IROC TITLE; PLANS TO BRING HOME RACE CAR Martin plans to bring a piece of IROC history to Batesville CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2005) * Mark Martin brought home his record fifth International Race of Champions title...

MARTIN BRINGS HOME RECORD FIFTH IROC TITLE; PLANS TO BRING HOME RACE CAR
Martin plans to bring a piece of IROC history to Batesville

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2005) * Mark Martin brought home his record fifth International Race of Champions title two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he plans on doing the same with the car he won it in. Martin, who also racked up record win numbers 12 and 13 in the series this season, will bring his championship IROC car back to Batesville, Ark., where it will be on display this Feb. when he opens his new museum. The museum will be housed at the new facilities at Mark Martin Ford Mercury in Martin's hometown of Batesville.

"I'm as proud of our record in IROC as I am anything in my career," said Martin. "We've been able to have a lot of success in that series and those wins and titles came racing against the best racers from all over the world and the best from a lot of different series.

"We are also proud that we are going to bring the car that we used to win the fifth championship to our new museum at the dealership in Batesville. It means a lot to me to share my success with the people that I grew up with and the people whom I still consider my friends and neighbors. We are going to have the 2005 IROC car on display along with a lot of my other cars, trophies and even firesuits. We are very excited about bringing it all back to Batesville, where it all began for me in my early teens."

In addition to the record setting No. 6 IROC car, Martin will have a variety of memorabilia on display at the new state of the art facility. Fans will be able to stroll down memory lane and through all of the twists and turns of Martin's career.

Fans will be able to enjoy the following cars that represent virtually every aspect of Martin's racing career that spans the last 30 years including:

The 55-Chevy he raced as a 15-year old in Batesville,

The 1990 Folgers Ford Thunderbird that Martin ran in 1990 and 1991,

The 1989 Stroh's Light car that Martin drove to his first Winston Cup victory at Rockingham in 1989,

The 2002 Viagra® Ford "Million Dollar" car that won the 2002 Coca-Cola 600,

The Winn Dixie Busch car that Martin ran to numerous victories in the Busch Series,

The 2005 IROC Championshp car from Atlanta where Martin clinched his record fifth IROC title and

The 1998 Chopper (motorcycle) that Martin won at the Michigan race.

Each car on display will have its own display system that fans can use to watch video relating to the car's various accomplishments.

In addition, all of Martin's uniforms from past to present will be on display, as well as the majority of his numerous racing trophies and other various assortments of NASCAR memorbillia.

The dealership will even feature a customized Gatorade Victory Lane where customers will be able to pick up their new purchases.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series IROC
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin