Starting in his 76th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned ...
Starting in his 76th Winston Cup points event, Steve Park in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Winston Cup circuit hit the halfway point in the 2000 season as they head back down to Daytona International Speedway for the Pepsi 400. On of the few primetime races, the Saturday night race will be shown live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. on July 1.
The Pepsi 400 is one of the few events where NASCAR mandates restrictor plates. Although the governing body continues to search for alternatives to slow the cars down, the Winston Cup officials will also provide each team with rear shocks and set restrictions on the rear springs to create more drag as unrestricted Winston Cup cars can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.
While in Daytona, Park is scheduled to participate in the Daytona USA Fan Forum on Friday at noon. During his visit in February, numerous fans filled the auditorium and asked many questions to the driver of the #1 Pennzoil Monte Carlo.
An avid motorcycle rider, Park heads down to the World's Most Famous Beach on his Harley Davidson as he drives from his home in Mooresville. The ride should take Park eight hours before he hits the Sunshine State.
"Coming from a modified racing background, I'm accustomed to running under the lights," said Park, who is currently 17th in the Winston Cup points standings. "I love Saturday night racing. Not only is it cooler on us drivers, the track also doesn't change like it does under the sun."
"Musco lighting did a great job setting the lights up," continued Park, who has surpassed the $3 million mark in Winston Cup prize earnings. "There are no shadows and the light doesn't get into your eyes which sometimes happens with the sun during the day. There are definitely no complaints here as far as the lighting goes."
"We've put a new body on the Pennzoil car and think that will assist us in the ever-important aerodynamics," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "We've taken this car to the wind tunnel and were pleased with the results. Horsepower and aerodynamics are the keys to success on the large track at Daytona and with the strength of late with the DEI engines, the Pennzoil car should have a good finish during the Pepsi 400."
<pre> Steve Park Daytona International Speedway Performance Record Year Race St Fin Laps Status Winnings 2000 Daytona 500 (WC) 36 31 197/200 Running $98,365 1999 Daytona 500 (WC) 23 34 139/200 Handling $98,151 Pepsi 400 (WC) 43 42 78/160 Running 38,125 1998 Daytona 500 (WC) 33 41 158/200 Ignition 70,780 Pepsi 400 (WC) DNS 1997 Gargoyles (Busch) 20 7 120/120 Running 19,600