Atlanta II: Joe Nemechek preview

New Era to begin for Nemechek and U.S. Army/MB2 Team ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2003) -- Joe Nemechek will don the black and gold U.S. Army colors at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) this weekend as he will make his debut in the 01 Pontiac, owned by MB2 ...

New Era to begin for Nemechek and U.S. Army/MB2 Team

ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2003) -- Joe Nemechek will don the black and gold U.S. Army colors at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) this weekend as he will make his debut in the 01 Pontiac, owned by MB2 Motorsports.

As was recently announced, Nemechek, 40, will drive the U.S. Army car in 2004 and also in the final four races of 2003.

"I am honored to be in a car representing the U.S. Army and I look forward to this opportunity with great anticipation," said Nemechek. "The team has a lot of potential.J

"I haven't worked with Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) but we know each other well. Over the years we have talked to each other plenty and I feel we have a good understanding of what it's going to take to get the Army Pontiac in victory lane."J

Nemechek, who is coming off of the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports ride, feels that driving the 01 Army Pontiac in the last four races will be a huge benefit headinginto the 2004 season.

"It's great that MB2and Hendrick Motorsportsagreed to do this because it will giveus a big jump for next year," said Nemechek.bThis will be an excellent opportunity for the teamto learn about me and for me to learn about them. They're going to see what I am like and what I like in a racecar.It would have been very hard to do all of this in Daytona next year."

Atlanta Motor Speedway is probably one of the best tracks for Nemechek to make adebut at. The Lakeland, Fla. native has had success on the 1.54-mile oval with finishes of ninth and second respectively in his last two appearances.

"It seems like I have always run well in Atlanta," said Nemechek, who has led a career total of 76 laps at AMS. "It's a race track that is very fast and you have to have a good aero, engine and handling program there.

"You must get the right balance on the car so you can hammer down on the gas. And if you can hold the gas wide open there, you're going to do just fine. We have a good book on the track and I am sure Ryan and I will be exchanging notes."

Nemechek and the U.S. Army team will have an added bonus of getting to know each other before arriving in Atlanta for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. They will be together in Phoenix, conducting a test session to prepare for the Nov. 2 race at Phoenix International Raceway.

"This will sure help us in understanding how wecommunicate," said Nemechek. "Each driver and crew chief has different ways of explaining the feel and setup of the car."

Nemechek, who has been racing full time on the Cup circuit since 1994, enters the Atlanta race 25th in the driver point standings. His 2003 record includes one win (Richmond in May) and eight top 10s.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek
Teams Hendrick Motorsports