Erine Irvan's No. 36 Get New Paint Scheme

Ernie Irvan And The "M&M's"® Racing Team Look To Make History At The 1999 Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Racing at Daytona International Speedway is a marriage of current success and past history. Over the past two seasons MB2 ...

Ernie Irvan And The "M&M's"® Racing Team Look To Make History At The 1999 Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Racing at Daytona International Speedway is a marriage of current success and past history. Over the past two seasons MB2 Motorsports has enjoyed its share of success and is looking to make history with a victory at the prestigious Daytona 500. With Ernie Irvan and Ryan Pemberton leading the way, it is going to be a colorful and fun speed weeks for the "M&M's"® Racing Team. A new paint scheme on the No. 36 Pontiac is the biggest change for the team. "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies, the No. 1 candy brand in the world, is taking over the title sponsorship and the car will now be bright yellow with the Red, Yellow and Blue characters along for the ride. "Blue is on the right rear quarter panel, so he is going to get pretty close to the wall sometimes," Irvan said. "He may get a little nervous over there, but he'll get a great ride." With their new colors on display, the "M&M's"® Racing Team is poised for a year of intense competition on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. Irvan and the team completed a successful 1998 season with 11 top-10 finishes in 30 starts. Irvan made his debut with the team at the 1998 Daytona 500 and took the checkered flag in the sixth position. Irvan's biggest accomplishment at Daytona International Speedway is undoubtedly his 1991 victory at the Daytona 500. Some drivers wait their entire career before visiting Daytona's coveted victory lane, but not Irvan. With only 89 career Winston Cup starts to his credit, Irvan marched into victory lane. Irvan also understands that one win at the "super bowl of stock car racing" does not ensure a second. "About the only thing winning the Daytona 500 in 1991 means for me now is that I can say that I've done it," Irvan said. "But on the other hand, not too many people can say they've won the Daytona 500, so it is pretty special." "Restrictor plate racing is really tough," Irvan said. "To win on a superspeedway, you have to put yourself in the position to win. A lot can happen on those last few laps, so a lot of things have to work together all day to put you in contention to win. "The car and the engine have to perform flawlessly and my drafting abilities have to mesh together with both of those things to form the total package. That combination is what will get the "M&M's"® Pontiac to victory lane in Daytona." Irvan spent considerable time in Daytona during January, completing a two-day Winston Cup test as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona road race. Irvan will take a day or two for rest and relaxation before heading back to Daytona International Speedway for the Bud Shootout. Irvan claimed his place in the all-star event by winning three pole positions. Irvan garnered the top starting position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan Speedway and Martinsville Speedway in 1998. "We are really looking forward to the Bud Shootout," Irvan said. "I've come pretty close to winning at the Bud Shootout, and restrictor plate races have been really good for MB2 Motorsports. This is going to be a good year for the "M&M's"® Racing Team and we want to start the year off with a strong performance at the Bud Shootout." Irvan and the "M&M's"® Racing Team are currently a success story in the world of Winston Cup racing and are looking to make history. And what better place to be in the history books than alongside past winners of the Daytona 500.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan