CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME After a strong performance at Daytona Speedweeks, Martin and the No. 6 AAA Team prepare to head out west to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500, where Martin has five top-10 finishes in 11 starts including a victory...
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
After a strong performance at Daytona Speedweeks, Martin and the No. 6 AAA Team prepare to head out west to California Speedway for the Auto Club 500, where Martin has five top-10 finishes in 11 starts including a victory there in 1998.
Chassis Number: (No. 315) - The team will run RK-315 this weekend at Las Vegas. RK 315 is the car Martin used in last year's win at Kansas. The car narrowly missed victory lane again in a second-place run in the finale at Homestead. It also finished third at Atlanta in the fall and fourth at Dover. RK-221 will be the backup.
Worthy Note: Martin has led a total of 267 laps at California Speedway.
IN THE POINTS
Martin is currently 11th in the Nextel Cup point standings, two points out of 10th and 53 points behind first.
MARTIN AT CALIFORNIA
This will be Martin's 12th start at the two mile-oval of California Speedway. He ran to victory there in the track's second Cup race in 1998. He has three top-five finishes and five top-10's. Martin finished seventh in this race last year and 11th at California in the spring, where he clinched a berth in the second ever Nextel Chase for the Cup.
Martin will scale back this week from his hectic Daytona schedule, as he plans to only run two races at California Speedway. In additon to piloting the No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion in Sunday's race, Martin will run his second Craftsman Truck Series race of the season, when he makes his first Truck start at California on Friday.
AAA TO SPONSOR MARTIN IN 2006
Martin will sport a different look and sponsor this season, with the No. 6 Ford Fusion decked out in the red and blue colors of AAA. As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA boasts more than 48 million members.
ENCORE SALUTE IN '06
Martin had planned 2005 as his final in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series, but when called into action by Jack Roush opted to return for one more go around. Martin's fourth-place finish in the points in '05 proved he is still one of the fastest stars in NASCAR and he plans on using 2006 as an encore performance of his highly popular "Salute To You" Tour, where he will continue to take the time to thank each and everyone that he feels played a role in his success, including the team members, the fans, NASCAR and the media.
QUOTING MARK AND PAT --ON CALIFORNIA
"After two weeks at Daytona, I for one can't wait to get on the track at Callifornia. I'm ready to get to a track where things are a little more in control of the driver and Fontana is really my kind of track. It suits my driving style and we've been pretty good there in the last couple of years. I'm looking forward to getting that AAA Ford Fusion on that type of track and seeing what we can do.
"We had a good Daytona and we were able to get through it without tearing our car up or taking a huge hit in the points, and now I'm really excited about the part of the schedule that we have coming up, with Fontana, Las Vegas and Atlanta, because they are all tracks that we as a team excel. I've always looked forward to this part of the schedule and hopefully we can have some more exciting racing and maybe pick up another win."
"I know that Mark really likes going to these next few tracks, because they are all places where he has had a lot of success in the past and we've been strong the last few seasons as well. We had a really good car at Daytona, and now it's our task to give Mark the kind of cars that he can win with at the next couple of tracks, because there is no question he can win this weekend if we do our job."