Tryson, Viagra Racing Team Gear Up For 2005 Season With a year under their belts together, Tryson and Martin are excited about 2005 CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2005) -- Late in a race midway through the 2004 season, veteran Nextel Cup driver Mark ...
Tryson, Viagra Racing Team Gear Up For 2005 Season
With a year under their belts together, Tryson and Martin are excited about 2005
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2005) -- Late in a race midway through the 2004 season, veteran Nextel Cup driver Mark Martin radioed his crew chief Pat Tryson and asked him a resounding but loaded question, "Where have you been my whole career?"
In 2004 Tryson helped get Martin and the Viagra* (sildenafil citrate) Racing Team back to the front of the pack. Martin rebounded from a sub-par 2003 to move back inside the top-five, finishing fourth in the Nextel Cup points, while keeping his championship hopes alive well into the final race of the season. In fact, after finishing 17th in the points the previous season, Martin found himself only nine points outside of first place before cutting a tire midway through the season finale at Homestead.
"Pat Trsyon is just a tremendous crew chief," said Martin. "He just knows how to get the things done that I need and he put together one of -- if not -- the best teams in the garage. The strategy was sound, the cars were fast and the stops were great and that is what you have to do to compete out here."
This year Tryson moves into his second full-season at the helm of the No. 6 Team and he is excited about his team's chances in '05.
"We have a great team and one of the best drivers to ever get behind the wheel of a race car, so how can you not be excited about that," said Tryson. "Everyone knows that this is Mark's last year in a full-time Cup car, and make no mistake about it, we are looking to win races.
"We have all the tools in place for a great season, it's just a matter of us going out and getting the job done. We know Mark is capable, so we just have to help provide him with the things that he needs to win races."
The team will have a busy month in January. They have already tested at Lakeland and they are scheduled for a three day test during the second session at Daytona next week. The team will then test Las Vegas at the end of the month and Fontana on the 1st and 2nd of February before moving on to Speedweeks the following week.
"I tell you what, we are ready to go," added Tryson. "This is a team made up of some pure racers and we are ready to go race. I know I speak for the team when I say we can't wait to get back down to Daytona and get back out on that track. We've put a lot of work into the off-season and we hope to see some of that work pay off here in a couple of weeks.
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, 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.