HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 23, 2007) -- Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch and his Pat Tryson-led Penske Racing team are bringing out their highly-touted gold "World Beer Cup" color scheme for the final time this season in Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at...
HAMPTON, Ga. (Oct. 23, 2007) -- Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch and his Pat Tryson-led Penske Racing team are bringing out their highly-touted gold "World Beer Cup" color scheme for the final time this season in Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
They are hoping a return to the gold may lead to the checkers when Sunday's 500-mile battle concludes.
The special design the team will run at Atlanta honors Miller Lite's fourth gold award in the American-Style Light Lager category at the World Beer Cup. The car will be painted from front to back in gold paint and will feature the World Beer Cup logo and "World Beer Cup Winner" on the hood, spoiler and rear quarter panels. Miller Lite won its fourth gold award in the prestigious bi-annual competition in the most recent contest held last year.
"The fans have really let it be known how much they love the gold colors that we had on our car in the two races earlier this year, so we decided to bring out the gold for one final time this season," said Busch, who also ran the gold car in the season-opening Bud Shootout at Daytona in February and in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. "We are so proud of what the color scheme represents that we actually hoped to run the gold car more than what we have so far this year.
"We certainly hope that the change in the color of our Miller Lite Dodge at Atlanta can bring with it a big variation to how the Chase races have panned out for us so for. We need to get back into the swing of being competitive throughout the race and coming home with a strong finish at the end of the day.
"Underneath that gold paint job, we'll certainly have a strong car ready for Atlanta this weekend. We're bringing out the car we won with at Michigan back in August and we have tremendous faith that it can get the job done again this time around.
"We certainly know that we'll have our work cut out for us because the Atlanta track always presents such a big challenge. Keeping up with the changing track conditions is always a tough thing to do and the teams able to accomplish that are the ones that will be out there battling for the win at the end.
"The Atlanta track is very abrasive and it wears the tires out only 10 laps or so into a run. If there is a yellow, you're going to come in and get four tires. In the beginning of the race, the car has much more grip to it because the track isn't filled in with rubber. You just seem to search all day long for which groove the car likes the best.
"It may be the low groove, the middle groove or the high groove. You find a spot where you want to run. Toward the end of the race, the fastest cars seem to get around the bottom of the race track. They are able to get in the gas sooner than anybody and carry that speed down those long straightaways. You have to search for where you want to be the most comfortable racing, but when the money is on the line you have to be able to race that low lane and past those guys. We're hoping to be fortunate enough to be in that spot as the laps wind down on Sunday at Atlanta. We're coming in there going for the win, that's for sure,"
Busch is now 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, trailing leader Jeff Gordon by 420 points.
"When you are in the position we're in, you have to go for it all," Busch said. "We still have four races remaining to get all we can. We're only 135 (points) out of fifth right now, so we can make up a lot of ground before the year is over and that's what our big-picture focus is all about right now."
Tryson said the team was looking forward to running its gold car this weekend at Atlanta.
"For the record, it'll be my first race with the gold car out there and it will be the first points race for our gold 'World Beer Cup' Miller Lite Dodge," Tryson added.
"We're coming into Atlanta hoping to put together a complete race -- starting competitive and staying that way the entire race. We've had a strong top-five car in every Chase race so far, except for last Sunday at Martinsville. We were strong there until pitting under the early yellow and getting behind. It just pretty much went downhill after the brake heat melted the inside bead of the tire and caused it to go down. We were fortunate he didn't knock the wall down, but Kurt hit it just hard enough to damage the right front suspension.
"Atlanta is a great place for us to get the luck turned around and really go after it. It will be a great day all the way around if we can put that gold car in victory lane at Atlanta on Sunday."
Busch, Tryson and team will race their PSC-111 Miller Lite Dodge Charger this weekend in the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"It's the car that we raced for the first time at Michigan back in August and came home the winner," Busch explained. "It was the race that was postponed all the way until Tuesday because of rain. We named the car 'Roger' because the win came at a track that Roger Penske owned and nurtured.
"It was our first race win that we were able to celebrate face-to-face with the 'Captain' in victory lane. He wasn't able to make it to our win at Bristol last year and he couldn't be at Pocono for the win earlier in August. For Roger to be there that day, especially with all the sponsor reps and the folks from Dodge, that definitely made the win all the more special."
Sunday's Atlanta race will mark only the second race for the car and it will be sporting the special gold "World Beer Cup" Miller Lite color scheme.