Daytona 24: Chevrolet team driver lineup announced

Chevrolet Fields Dream Team for The 24 Hours of Daytona Top NASCAR stars join sports car veterans for assault on grueling endurance race DETROIT - Chevrolet today announced the formation of a powerhouse team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, one of...

Chevrolet Fields Dream Team for The 24 Hours of Daytona
Top NASCAR stars join sports car veterans for assault on grueling endurance race

DETROIT - Chevrolet today announced the formation of a powerhouse team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, one of the most prestigious sports car races in the world. NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson will join sports car veterans Andy Wallace, Butch Leitzinger, Elliott-Forbes Robinson and Dave Brule in Chevrolet-powered Daytona Prototypes for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic on January 31.

"Chevrolet is proud to have such a dominant team of drivers at this prestigious event," said Gary Claudio, marketing manager for GM Racing. "Speedweeks will be a family affair for both Chevrolet and our NASCAR drivers, starting out with Chevrolet-powered Daytona Prototypes and finishing with the Monte Carlos in the Daytona 500."

The Crawford-built, V-8 Chevrolet-powered prototypes, which will aim for an overall win at the daylong event, will have some of GM Racing's finest talent behind the wheel.

Chevrolet driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion and most recently a star in the top-level NASCAR Winston Cup Series, competed at the Daytona 24 in 2001 behind the wheel of the factory Corvette C5-R along with his father, the late Dale Earnhardt. The Earnhardts had an impressive showing in their sports car debut, finishing fourth overall and second in class.

"I am really excited about going to Daytona again with Chevrolet," said Earnhardt Jr. "The Crawford Chevrolet opportunity came up in November and given the chance to work with Andy Wallace and Tony Stewart, it was simply too good to pass up."

Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart, who captured the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in 2002, is no stranger to sports car racing. Stewart made his debut at the Daytona 24 in 2001 behind the wheel of a Crawford prototype and will look to add an overall victory at the legendary event to his already expansive motorsport resume, one that includes championship titles in NASCAR, the IRL and USAC.

Jimmie Johnson will be making his first ever start in the Daytona 24 after finishing second in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings in 2003. Johnson posted three wins and captured two Bud Pole Awards as well as winning "The Winston" at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

Stewart and Earnhardt, Jr. will be joined by Daytona-winning endurance champion Andy Wallace in the #2 Chevrolet Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype, while Jimmie Johnson will partner with sports car veterans Butch Leitzinger, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Dave Brule in the #4 Chevrolet Boss DP03 Daytona Prototype.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs 342,000 people globally in its core automotive business and subsidiaries. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in more than 190 countries. In 2002, GM sold more than 8.6 million cars and trucks, nearly 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters is at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's consumer website at www.gm.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Butch Leitzinger , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Forbes-Robinson