Burton and Ford Team up at Indy Concord, NC (August 3, 2004) -- Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford, will kick off the Brickyard 400 race weekend with two public appearances in conjunction with Ford. Fans will have a chance...
Burton and Ford Team up at Indy
Concord, NC (August 3, 2004) -- Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford, will kick off the Brickyard 400 race weekend with two public appearances in conjunction with Ford. Fans will have a chance to get autographs, ask questions and watch Burton play a few holes of golf during Thursday and Friday's festivities.
On Thursday, August 5, Burton will appear from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. CDT at Ford Fan Day in downtown Indianapolis, IN. The event will be held on Jackson Place Street and is free to the public. Burton will do a brief question and answer session at 4:15 p.m. followed by an autograph session from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet Burton and get an autograph.
"I really enjoy Ford Fan Day's," said Burton. "It's a great way to interact with the fans. You meet so many interesting people of all ages, and from across the country. It's a really neat thing that Ford does for the fans, allowing them the opportunity to meet the Ford drivers, get autographs and take photos. Those opportunities are few and far between."
Friday, August 6, will present a different challenge to Burton and four of his Ford Racing teammates. Burton along with Kurt Busch, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler will participate in the first annual "Brickyard 400 Golf Challenge presented by Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort". Burton and his NEXTEL Cup companions will be placed in foursomes with IRL drivers and members of the media. The four groups will play holes 7-10 of the Brickyard Crossing golf course which are some of the most unique holes in the world of golf as they are located in the infield of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) oval.
"I'm not a great golfer by any means." Burton continued, "Our schedule is so busy that I just don't have the time to get out and play like I would like to. I like the game, in fact I went to the PGA tournament in Charlotte a few months ago and it was really cool. I just wish I had more time to practice. I'm shooting for the hole-in-one so I can donate the money to Duke Children's Hospital."
The teams will play a scramble format and each player will have a shot at $1 million by scoring a hole-in-one on the 193-yard, par-3 hole No. 7. Should Burton win, the money will be donated to Duke Children's Hospital. Admission to the golf event is free with the price of admission to the IMS grounds for the day. The event is set to start around 9:30 a.m.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle, two in the Busch Series with Martin, Burton, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards.