MARTIN TO RUN FINAL THROW-BACK PAINT SCHEME AT PHOENIX Retro '81 car to run at Phoenix this weekend CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Mark Martin will run a Retro-81 paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Retro '81 scheme...
MARTIN TO RUN FINAL THROW-BACK PAINT SCHEME AT PHOENIX
Retro '81 car to run at Phoenix this weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2005) -- Mark Martin will run a Retro-81 paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Retro '81 scheme is the fourth and final retro-scheme that Martin will run during the 2005 "Salute To You" season.
The Retro '81 design is the scheme that Martin ran on his first Winston Cup race car in 1981.
"It's really been a long time since I've seen that car," said Martin. "I know just like the other cars it will bring back a lot of memories of those early days. It was a really cool looking car back then, so I think everyone will enjoy seeing it again this weekend.
"It's been really neat running all of the retro schemes this season. These cars really span the majority of my career and they bring back a whole lot of memories," added Martin. "We've had a lot of success and been through a lot of battles over the years and it has been a lot of fun to revisit that with these paint schemes this year.
"We were able to get the win in the Retro '93 car in the All-Star at Charlotte and we had a really good run in the Retro '90 car at Indy, so hopefully we can keep that going and close it out strong with this car at Phoenix."
Martin ran the Retro '81 scheme in his Winston Cup debut at North Wilkesboro Speedway on April 5, 1981 where he stared fifth and finished 27th. The car went on to win two poles and earn Martin's first career top 10 and top-five finishes in Cup racing.
The car will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the Retro '81 scheme.
RETRO '81 PAINT SCHEME FACTS
Races -- 5
Highlights -- Martin's first ever Winston Cup paint scheme--Won the poles (Martin's career first) at both Nashville (6/11/81) and Richmond (9/13/81)--Scored Martin's first career top-10 with a seventh-place finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 and his first top-five with a third-place run at Martinsville on Sept. 7, 1981.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten 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.