HAAS CNC Racing to team with Pontiac in 2003; the team will field the No. 0 NetZero and Jack Sprague in Winston Cup competition. HARRISBURG, NC (January 21, 2003) - Haas CNC Racing announced today the team would field Pontiac Grand Prix...
HAAS CNC Racing to team with Pontiac in 2003; the team will field the No. 0 NetZero and Jack Sprague in Winston Cup competition.
HARRISBURG, NC (January 21, 2003) - Haas CNC Racing announced today the team would field Pontiac Grand Prix racecars throughout the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season.
Jack Sprague, a three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, will open the 2003 campaign behind the wheel of the No. 0 NetZero Pontiac at Daytona International Speedway, February 16, 2003.
"Pontiac has had a long history of excellence in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, including winning the 2002 Winston Cup championship," said Sprague on behalf of the team. "I'm extremely happy to be driving a Pontiac for Haas CNC Racing this year because I think it will give us the best opportunity to run up front on a weekly basis this season."
"Pontiac and GM Racing are eager to work with Jack Sprague and the NetZero team in 2003," said Bob Kraut, Pontiac marketing manager. "Pontiac is proud of its history of racing championships and Jack certainly has proven himself to be extraordinary driver capable of winning on every level in which he has competed. We look forward to capturing yet another NASCAR title together."
The Pontiac brand has totaled 30 NASCAR Winston Cup victories over the last four seasons. Tony Stewart's 2002 Winston Cup championship marked the 35th crown for General Motors since NASCAR began honoring its champions in 1949. General Motors, through its participation of its Pontiac and Chevrolet brands, is easily the most successful automobile company involved in NASCAR racing winning 25 of the last 30 Winston Cup championships.
"We're pleased the team has selected the extremely competitive new Pontiac Grand Prix for our first season as a Winston Cup sponsor," stated Brian Woods, EVP and chief marketing officer for NetZero. "We believe that NetZero, Haas CNC Racing, Jack Sprague and the new Pontiac Grand Prix are going to be a great combination for what promises to be an exciting season."
Sprague will be a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate this season. The most successful driver ever in the Craftsman Truck Series, Sprague enters the Winston Cup ranks this season after a fifth-place finish in the final 2002 NASCAR Busch Series championship standings.
"Pontiac's history speaks for itself," said Sprague. "A lot of great drivers, legends like Fireball Roberts, and Richard Petty, and recent champions like Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, all were successful behind the wheel of a Pontiac. We'll be looking to do the same this season with the No. 0 NetZero Pontiac."
For more information about Pontiac's involvement in NASCAR Winston Cup racing as well as other forms of Pontiac motorsports, please log on to www.pontiacracing.com. Information about Jack Sprague and the No. 0 NetZero Pontiac Grand Prix can be accessed at www.netzeroracing.com.