Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Kodak have reached an agreement with Kevin Lepage to drive the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo. Lepage, a Shelburne, Vt., native, stepped into the ride in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Following...
Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Kodak have reached an agreement with Kevin Lepage to drive the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo. Lepage, a Shelburne, Vt., native, stepped into the ride in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Following several weeks of "courting", the team is ready to make the relationship official. A three-year contract will solidify Lepage as the driver of the familiar yellow Chevrolet. Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4, and Lepage have eluded to the contract for several weeks. However, time constraints and final negotiations kept the deal on the table. Both parties are ready to move forward for the 2001 season. Lepage and McClure feel the chemistry is present to make successful showings in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo,
"We are pleased to have Kevin Lepage join our Morgan-McClure Motorsports team. We feel he will be an asset in getting the KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo back to victory lane.
Lepage is a consistent driver. I believe he completed 95% of total laps in 1999. He has been around NASCAR for a long time. He knows the ins and outs of the sport. His workable knowledge of a race car is a key factor in communicating to the team.
"Morgan-McClure will move ahead from here. We learn to be more resilient through difficult times. My guys have dealt with many recent adversities. I think they could all be as strong as King Kong by now.
"When the team decided to make a driver switch early this season, we had several inquiries from drivers in all forms of motorsports. Lepage, however, was a candidate on the top of our list last year when we were in the process of searching for a permanent driver replacement. The situation worked out that he was still available and we were able to secure him.
"This has been a tough year for NASCAR. Controversies have come into play more than ever before in our sport. The death of our fellow competitor in February has had a significant impact on all of motorsports. It will change the way all of us race forever. The bottom line is we are racers. It is in our blood. We are ready to have fun racing again."
Kevin Lepage, "official" driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo,
"I am just honored to be named the driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Chevy. We had our trial run and liked each other enough to ink a contract. Larry, Ed, Teddy and Jerry McClure and all of the people over at Morgan-McClure are a great bunch. My wife, Donna, and I are looking forward to working with them and being a part of their racing family.
"We have found out that we are going to experience some miscues. Larry and I talked it over and we are going to build for next year. The team is going to build a data base and experiment with a few things to learn what works and what does not. Realizing the current points position, it is going to be difficult to make up a tremendous amount of ground. We will, however, try to gain as much as possible.
"We have set a goal to look toward the beginning of the 2002 season with a strong run out of the box. That is a long way off with us going into only the 12th race of the season, but it is realistic. If we can accomplish our goals before then, it will be an added bonus.
"I have confidence in Morgan-McClure Motorsports. I think they have confidence in my abilities. Half of the battle is won there. We communicate and build off of each other's ideas. In this sport, that is what learning and trial and error are all about. Larry McClure is a true racer. He gives his heart to the team. I admire him for that. He also knows what it is like to be a successful car owner, an accomplishment that only an elite group in the NASCAR Winston Cup garage can relate to.
"Our abilities can compliment each other. I am happy with our contract. Now that is behind us, we can begin concentrating on improving our finishes and give Kodak a few more special moments to be proud of.
"Kodak is a terrific sponsor. Its employees from around the world are supportive of the No.4 NASCAR Winston Cup team. We hope to give them something to cheer about soon."