Mark Martin Fast Facts -- Daytona Speedweeks, Feb. 10-20 Daytona International Speedway (2.5 Miles) Budweiser Shootout, Feb. 12 - (60 Laps) Gatorade 150'S, Feb. 17 - (60 Laps) Daytona 500, Feb. 20 (200 Laps) Martin Kicks Off 'Salute To You'...
Mark Martin Fast Facts -- Daytona Speedweeks, Feb. 10-20
Daytona International Speedway (2.5 Miles)
Budweiser Shootout, Feb. 12 - (60 Laps)
Gatorade 150'S, Feb. 17 - (60 Laps)
Daytona 500, Feb. 20 (200 Laps)
Martin Kicks Off 'Salute To You' Tour at Daytona
Martin and the Viagra Racing Team officially kick off the 2005 "Salute To You" Tour at Daytona Speedweeks, where Martin will be looking for strong showings in the Budweiser Shootout, IROC series and the famed.
Chassis Number: (RK-235, Daytona 500) (RK-286, Budweiser Shootout) - The team will run RK-235 in the Daytona 500. RK-235 ran to a sixth-place finish last July at Daytona and it finished fourth in the Shootout last season. RK-286, a new car that the team tested in Feb., will run in this year's Bud Shootout.
Top 5's: 4
Top 10's: 7
Highest finish: 3rd ('95)
First time: 2-14-82 (31st)
Last time: 2-16-03 (5th)
Worthy Note: Martin has finished top six in two of his last three Daytona 500's.
MARTIN AND THE DAYTONA 500
A resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, this will be Martin's 21st start in the famed Daytona 500. Martin made his first start at Daytona International Speedway in 1982. He has finished in the top-six in two of the past three Daytona 500's, but suffered a 43rd-place finish last season after losing his engine only eight laps into the event, despite posting one of his strongest Speedweeks in recent memory. This will be Martin's 40th Cup start at Daytona.
MARTIN AND THE SHOOTOUT
Martin will also run his record 17th-consecutive Budweiser Shootout, an event he won in 1999. Martin finished fourth in the event last year, his best finish in the Shootout since the win in '99.
RETURN TO IROC
Martin will make a return to the International Race of Champions Series in 2005, where he'll be looking for a record-breaking fifth championship. In addition Martin needs just one more win in the series to break a tie for the most wins ever in the series. Martin won the last IROC race he took part in at Daytona in 2003.
THE SALUTE TO YOU TOUR
Mark Martin will make his final run at the Nextel Cup title in 2005. Martin has dubbed 2005 as his "Salute to You" tour, a year in which he hopes to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including team members, fans, NASCAR and the media.
QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON DAYTONA
"We are really excited about getting this season started. Pat Tryson and all the guys on this Viagra Team have worked very hard over the last couple of months to get us ready for this and it's going to be great to get the season started up. We've had a great month of testing and we just can't wait to get it going. We have a lot of racing to do over Speedweeks with the Shootout, the IROC race, the Gatorade 150's and the 500 and I'd like nothing better than to kick off the "Salute To You" tour with some strong runs and maybe a couple of wins in there.
"We've got a great race team in place. A lot of these guys passed on some good opportunities to come back and make one more run with me and I don't plan on letting these guys down. Our plan is to come out strong and that all starts with Speedweeks here at Daytona."
"We're excited and we're ready. We didn't get the finish down here last year that we wanted or that we felt we deserved and we are going to do all we can to get this thing started with a strong run at Daytona. We've put a lot of work into the off-season and at this point we just can't wait to go racing. Mark's the best driver in the business and it's our job to make sure that he has what he needs to go out and win races. We'd like nothing more than to start that off with a big win in Daytona."
Mark Martin Fast Facts -- DAYTONA
* Martin will make his 21st start in the 500 and his 40th overall Cup start at Daytona.
* This season will mark the final for Martin as a regular on the Nextel Cup circuit.
* Martin will make his record 17th consecutive start in the Budweiser Shootout.
* Martin will make his return to the IROC series in 2005, where he will look to set records for both championships and victories.
* Martin has currenlty started 545 consecuitve Cup races, the third longest active streak..