MARTIN TO RUN FOUR SPECIAL THROW-BACK RETRO PAINT SCHEMES IN 2005 Eighty-one, '89, '90 and '93 Schemes to be revisited in Salute Celebration CONCORD, N.C. (March 24, 2005) -- As a part of the Mark Martin's 'Salute to You' program in 2005, his No.
MARTIN TO RUN FOUR SPECIAL THROW-BACK RETRO PAINT SCHEMES IN 2005
Eighty-one, '89, '90 and '93 Schemes to be revisited in Salute Celebration
CONCORD, N.C. (March 24, 2005) -- As a part of the Mark Martin's 'Salute to You' program in 2005, his No. 6 Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Ford will feature four retro-paint schemes during the course of the celebration season.
The program will highlight Martin's first Cup paint scheme that ran on his car during his first Winston Cup race in 1981. It will also highlight his first paint scheme in a Roush car, the Retro '89 scheme ran in 1888 and 1989 and was the paint scheme on Martin's car during his first Winston Cup win at Rockingham in 1989. The retro-90 scheme ran in '90 and '91 and saw a fierce battle between Martin and the late Dale Earnhardt for the 1990 Cup Championship. The Retro '93 car represents one of the strongest eras in Martin's career, a time when he won 13 races and 11 poles in a four-year span.
"These cars really span the majority of my career and they bring back a whole lot of memories," said Martin. "We've had a lot of success and been through a lot of battles over the years and it will be pretty fun to revisit that with these paint schemes this year.
"We think it will be lot of fun for us and the fans and a big part of the 'Salute' Tour. Each week when we run those cars it will be not only a 'Salute' to the fans who've supported us throughout the years, but a tribute to all of the guys on the teams who worked on those cars to help make the No. 6 car such a success over the past 20 years.
"I know I'm really looking forward to seeing how those cars look and hopefully we can take a couple of them to victory lane with us," added Martin.
Each of the four cars will still be sponsored by Viagra*, but will feature the four different schemes.
RETRO '81 PAINT SCHEME -- WILL RUN AT HOMESTEAD (11/20/05)
Races -- 5
Highlights -- Martin's first ever Winston Cup paint scheme--Won the poles (Martin's career first) at both Nashville (6/11/81) and Richmond (9/13/81)--Scored Martin's first career top-10 with a seventh-place finish at Richmond on Sept. 13, 1981 and his first top-five with a third-place run at Martinsville on Sept. 7, 1981.
RETRO '89 -- WILL RUN AT TEXAS (4/17/05)
Races -- Two seasons
Highlights -- Martin's first cup paint scheme with Roush Racing--Ran on the car in 1988 and '89. ..Registered 17 top-five and 28 top-10's--Was on the car for Martin's first career Winston Cup win on Oct. 22, 1989 at Rockingham--Finished third in the points in 1989.
RETRO '90 -- WILL RUN AT THE BRICKYARD 500 (8/7/05)
Races -- Two season
Highlights -- Ran on the car in 1990 and 91--Finished second in the points in '90--Scored 30 top-top five and 40 top-10 finishes, eight poles and four wins in that two year span--Won at Richmond on 2/25/90--Won at Michigan on 8/19/90--Won at North Wilkesboro on 9/30/90--Won at Atlanta on 11/17/91.
RETRO '93 - WILL RUN AT THE NEXTEL ALL-STAR CHALLENGE (5/21/05)
Seasons -- 1992-95
Highlights -- Ran for four seasons--Finished top-six in the points all four year including three top-five finishes and a second place in 1994...Garnered 50 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes--Had 11 poles and won 13 times--Won at Martinsville (5/26/92), Charlotte (10/11/92), Watkins Glen (8/8/93), Michigan (8/15/93), Bristol (8/28/93), Darlington (11/5/93), Phoenix (10/31/93), Watkins Glen (8/14/94), Atlanta (11/13/94), Talladega (5/30/95), Watkins Glen (8/13/95), North Wilkesboro (10/1/95) and Charlotte (10/8/95).
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.