Terry Labonte Picks Brickyard 400 as Part of Limited Schedule in 2005 INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005 -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will race in the Brickyard 400 as part of his "Shifting Gears -- Lone Star Style" NEXTEL Cup ...
Terry Labonte Picks Brickyard 400 as Part of Limited Schedule in 2005
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005 -- Two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will race in the Brickyard 400 as part of his "Shifting Gears -- Lone Star Style" NEXTEL Cup Series limited schedule in 2005.
The 12th annual Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7.
Labonte, 48, will compete in 10 races in the No. 44 Kellogg's Chevrolet fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, nine NEXTEL Cup Series events and the non-points NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.
"I'm excited about Indy being on our list," Labonte said. "The facility is without a doubt one of the nicest we visit and just a great track to race on. There's so much history with the open-wheel cars and now with NASCAR. It's a privilege to compete there in front of so many fans, and I'm looking forward to going back."
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of eight tracks where Labonte will race in 2005. Labonte has started 10 of the 11 Brickyard 400s, with a best finish of third in 1996 after leading eight laps.
"It's one of the biggest events we run, no doubt about it," Labonte said. "When you hear people talk about the most prestigious races of the year, the Brickyard 400 is always on that list. Any racer would like an Indy win on their resume. It's quite a place."
Indianapolis also was the track where Labonte's record "iron man" streak of 655 consecutive NASCAR starts ended in August 2000 due to injuries suffered in a crash at Daytona International Speedway.
Labonte, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, is entering his 27th season of NASCAR competition. He won the 1984 NASCAR championship driving for Billy Hagan and the 1996 title for Hendrick Motorsports. He announced last year that he will race a limited schedule in 2005 and 2006.
Brickyard tickets: The 12th Brickyard 400 is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7. To purchase tickets, camping or parking, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, (317) 492-6700 locally or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.