NOTE: ChevronTexaco announced today that Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid, will pilot a special paint scheme at Talladega this Sept. honoring the life of driver Davey Allison on the 10-year anniversary of his untimely...
NOTE: ChevronTexaco announced today that Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid, will pilot a special paint scheme at Talladega this Sept. honoring the life of driver Davey Allison on the 10-year anniversary of his untimely passing. The retro paint scheme will resemble the car Allison drove during his 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rookie campaign. McMurray will also run a sneak peek of his 2004 Havoline Dodge Intrepid paint scheme in tonight's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
CHIP GANASSI, Owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
"I'm still somewhat new here in NASCAR - I feel like it anyway. I told you a little over a year ago what an honor it was to be representing ChevronTexaco in this sport. I think when I got involved with that I didn't really understand the heritage and tradition of NASCAR and just how deep that tradition was. I'm so proud of carrying on that tradition and so proud of being involved with something that Davey Allison was involved with. I was a driver at the time when Davey was around. I was always a big fan of Davey Allison, and I didn't realize how important it would be to the sport to honor him. I'm really proud to do that. I know that Jamie and the rest of the No. 42 Havoline Dodge team are as well proud. It's just a great honor to be involved with such a thing. It's taken me a little bit by surprise I must tell you. I can't tell you what an honor it's going to be to go back to Talladega with that rookie car that he had. I'm very proud to carry on the tradition of Ranier Racing and Robert Yates, of course, over the years, and now with our own team. It's really an honor."
JAMIE McMURRAY - Driver of the No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid
"Obviously, you guys know how much my life has changed in the last year. To think of where I was a year ago today and then to have something like this happen ... I mean, this car was running was when I first started watching stock car racing. If you had told me then that I would get to drive that car at Talladega later this year, I'd never believe it. It's all been a big dream. To get to meet the family and get to be a part of it, I use this word a lot, but it's really cool. I never would think that something like this could happen to me. I just feel really honored. That huge Texaco star is one of the first things I remember about watching racing - seeing that car at a racetrack like Daytona because you could see it everywhere. I'm really looking forward to this and also running the paint scheme that we're going to run at Talladega. It's a huge honor, and I'm glad to be a part of it. I just hope we can stay out of "The Big One." Hopefully we can take home that car as pretty as when we take it."
"Judy and I are so proud of Davey and what he did and everything. It's so great to see the enthusiasm just keep on going on like it is. Liz is here with Krista and Robbie, and we're so proud of that. The idea that Chip Ganassi, Felix Sabates and Jamie have taken this Havoline thing and gone to work on it and carried on the tradition really means an awful lot to the whole family. I really appreciate being here, and I want to see Jamie do good."
BOB SLOCUMB, Director of Motorsports for ChevronTexaco and Havoline Racing
"On behalf of ChevronTexaco it's really a privilege to me to make these two very important announcements today regarding our racing program. The first one is that we're running our 2004 paint scheme today. Jamie is going to run the car tonight. We're going to take a look at it and make some final changes before bringing it back to Daytona. As the result of all of our fans requesting this car, which is one of the most recognizable cars in NASCAR, we wanted to take at look at it and have a chance to tweak it for Daytona next year.
"The second thing that we wanted to announce is that we're going back to the heritage of the Havoline brand and it's association with NASCAR. In particular, we want to recognize Davey Allison and his contributions, not just in the Havoline and Texaco car, but also to the sport itself. We're unveiling a retro-car that we're going to run at the Talladega race, and this car will have a retro paint scheme of the first rookie car that Davey drove in his rookie year under the Havoline logo. We're just really pleased with the commitment of Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. We're really happy with our associations with NASCAR, and we're continuing to build on our brand-presence here. We're looking forward to Jamie as he bridges the heritage we had with Davey and bringing that into a new car in the No. 42 Havoline Dodge Intrepid with Chip Ganassi and his crew."