Irvan diving into action at Daytona By Matthew Leach WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 16, 1999) Ernie Irvan is feeling good these days, and that's a good thing. He'd better be feeling good, because he's got a lot on his plate. Irvan, who was ...
Irvan diving into action at Daytona By Matthew Leach
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 16, 1999) Ernie Irvan is feeling good these days, and that's a good thing. He'd better be feeling good, because he's got a lot on his plate. Irvan, who was injured in a wreck at Talladega Superspeedway in last October's Winston 500, says his health is greatly improved. The injuries caused him to sit out the last three races of the '98 season, but he'll be back in force at Daytona over the next four weeks. Irvan begins testing for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway next week. The race itself is Feb. 14. For most racers, that's plenty of action -- especially if they're recovering from injuries. Irvan, however, will also be participating in the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. When asked if he felt all right, Irvan said yes. "We think so. We're gonna have to get out there and start racing," he said. "I'm planning on doing the 24 Hours of Daytona in a couple of weeks. We're real excited about that. We went down and tested and everything went real good. "We're going to test with the M&M's Pontiac on Tuesday. Everything's seeming to be shaping up. Hopefully things will go the way we're all planning." In addition, the No. 36 is also taking on a different sponsor. After carrying the Skittles colors the past two seasons, the car will be sponsored by M&Ms. M&M Mars, which produces M&Ms, is also the parent company of Skittles, so it's not a dramatic change. But it's still another thing to think about in the busiest time of the year. Despite all that, though, Irvan's main focus is the "Great American Race." He's won it once before, and he would dearly love to do it again. "Obviously it's very important," Irvan said. "First race of the season, to be able to come away with a victory, that's what it's all about. That's Winston Cup racing at its finest. "I don't think anybody can sit here and say what it takes to win. There's no doubt that it takes a really good car and good pit stops, and all that stuff. I know when I won the Daytona 500 we had a really fast race car that day, but we've had really fast race cars other times at the Daytona 500 and haven't won. That day we did."
Source: NASCAR Online