IRL: GM Racing Performance Points 2003-04-04

GM Racing Performance Points April 4, 2003 * Chevrolets prepared by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) have notched seven wins in the last nine restrictor-plate races (since February 2001). Dale Earnhardt, Jr., owns four victories, including three ...

GM Racing Performance Points
April 4, 2003

* Chevrolets prepared by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) have notched seven wins in the last nine restrictor-plate races (since February 2001). Dale Earnhardt, Jr., owns four victories, including three straight at Talladega, while Michael Waltrip has won three - all at Daytona. This weekend Earnhardt, Jr., will try to become the first driver in history to win four straight races at Talladega, while Waltrip will look for his first win at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

* Pontiac is seeking its third career win at Talladega this weekend and first since the spring of 1998. Grand Prix driver Johnny Benson has three top-10 finishes in his 14 races at Talladega, including a best finish of seventh. Mike Skinner has led at least one lap in seven of his 11 races at Talladega, however he did not lead a lap in his best finish here (second in April 2000).

* With seven Winston Cup races in the books and 29 to go, GM drivers are well accounted for near the top of the series point standings. Chevrolet driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has climbed to third, while his teammate Michael Waltrip stands fourth. Monte Carlo teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon ride fifth and sixth, respectively, while Tony Stewart ranks seventh. Pontiac's Ricky Craven remains in the top 10 at ninth, while GM Goodwrench Chevy driver Kevin Harvick rounds out the top 10. Collectively, those seven drivers own two wins (Waltrip, Craven), 14 top fives and 22 top 10s.

* Chevrolet has enjoyed a strong start to its 2003 racing effort. In addition to winning the Daytona 500, Corvette Racing also won the GTS class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. A trio of Chevy drivers - Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connell and Franck Freon - put the Corvette C5-R in the winner's circle in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series at the historic Sebring track.

* The Chevrolet Silverado, which is the winningest brand competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is approaching a milestone. Silverado currently owns 99 series wins and will look for its landmark 100th victory when the series resumes April 12 at Martinsville Speedway.

* Herb Fishel, the executive director of GM Racing, will drive the Chevy SSR "Official Pace Vehicle" at the start of the 2003 Indianapolis 500. Fishel will lead the 33-car starting field to a green-flag start at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday, May 25. Fishel is entering the 40th year of his career and has been a powerful behind-the-scenes force in American motorsports.

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Series ALMS , IndyCar , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Ron Fellows , Franck Freon , Johnny Benson , Jimmie Johnson , Ricky Craven
Teams Corvette Racing