BUSCH: Chris Horn; Horn Auto Racing joins series

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Young-gun Horn ready for new challenge. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004) - - NASCAR driver Chris Horn, along with his Horn Auto Racing group will leap into the NASCAR Busch Series on a limited schedule in 2004. Horn, was...

Young-gun Horn ready for new challenge.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004) - - NASCAR driver Chris Horn, along with his Horn Auto Racing group will leap into the NASCAR Busch Series on a limited schedule in 2004.

Horn, was expected to return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, but in the off-season, the team was evaluating their program and felt the secondary series of NASCAR is where the team needed to head.

"I'm very confident that our transition from the Truck Series to the Busch Series will be smooth and awarding by the end of the year," stated driver Chris Horn. "As a team we were looking at our future, and while we enjoyed competing in the NCTS, we felt it was time to make a change and begin a new journey."

Horn Auto Racing, based in Iowa has run on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on a limited basis since 1998. The former American Speed Association racer has a career best finish of 14th, twice at Kansas Speedway (2002) and Kentucky Speedway (2003).

The team has been granted the No. 58 by NASCAR, the same number the team has run on the side of their Chevrolet Silverados in trucks. The team will also use Chevrolet as their manufacturer in Busch. "We are very grateful that we were able to keep our number with our step up in the NASCAR ranks," replied Horn, a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School.

Horn's family-owned company, Horn Racing Engines, will supply the engines for the new Busch Series program. HRE (Horn Racing Engines) supplied the strong and powerful power plant for Chris's several impressive qualifying runs in 2002 and 2003. "We are very pleased with our engine program, and we are looking forward to being very competitive in the Busch Series," continued the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native.

Horn Auto Racing is continuing to talk to potentional sponsors for the season including sponsors from their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program. "Sponsorship is tough these days, but we are not giving up, we are talking to a lot of people and we are keeping our heads high and when everything is complete, we'll be ready to hit the track," mentioned Horn.

At this time the new team plans to compete at Kansas Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, with more to be announced at a later time.

For more information on Chris Horn please visit www.chrishorn58.com.

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