Biffle, Busch and Kenseth Familiarize Themselves With Daytona Prototype Trio Of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Drivers Prep For Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 8, 2004) -- Roush Racing drivers Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth are use to ...
Biffle, Busch and Kenseth Familiarize Themselves With Daytona Prototype
Trio Of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Drivers Prep For Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 8, 2004) -- Roush Racing drivers Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth are use to competing against each other in stock cars in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
During this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona test session at historic Daytona International Speedway, the trio of drivers were educating themselves on their new ride - the Ford Multimatic Daytona Prototype.
Biffle, Busch and Kenseth will team up with Scott Maxwell to race the sleek and stylish No. 49 car in the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24, the season-opening event to the Rolex Sports Car Series.
"I'm a rookie again," Busch said. "I won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship a couple of months ago and here I am a rookie in the Rolex Series. It's something that I'm looking forward to challenging myself with in learning this car and the style of racing you have to run on for 24 hours. It's a wonderful opportunity to race within this group of guys. It seems like the Rolex Series continues to gain more and more speed each and every year."
None of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup veterans had no hesitation about adding another race onto their already busy schedule. Being able to compete in a prestigious race such as the Rolex 24 and drive a completely different type of car was just too enticing.
"It's a great opportunity to jump into a car that we've never had a chance to race," Busch said. "It's free time, it's fun. I'm excited about learning a new track, a new style of car and a working with a different group of guys. Yes, it does take away time from our off-season, but yet we're professional racers and we love to be in race cars."
Said Kenseth: "This is a huge race. I've never raced sports car stuff at all. I have no road racing background besides the two road courses on the NEXTEL Cup schedule. That's the only road race that I've done. This is definitely something that I wanted to do and be a part of for a few years."
Biffle, Busch and Kenseth are spending the test session learning both the ins and outs of the historic 3.56-mile road course and their new race cars.
"This is a whole other world for me," said Biffle, who won the 2003 Pepsi 400 and the pole for the 2004 Daytona 500. "I've got some experience road racing in NASCAR and that's about all the experience I have. I can't say enough about the Multimatic team and Scotty helping me transition into this car. He's probably getting tired of me asking him questions but he's been very, very helpful. I just need to keep it off the grass and keep it on the race track. There's a little bit more traction there.
Jack Roush, who fields Fords for Biffle, Busch and Kenseth in the NEXTEL Cup Series, isn't involved with the Rolex 24 effort, but helped spark the interest in competing.
Roush, as an owner, earned 10 Rolex 24 class victories.
"My main drive came from Roush Racing's history in this race," Busch said. "Even though he's not directly affiliated with this program, I race for Roush Racing and it's an opportunity for me to blend in to some of the racing heritage he's had."
Rolex 24 At Daytona testing concludes on Sunday. Testing sessions are free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand available through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.
Tickets for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.