BUSCH: Daytona: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

(Mooresville, NC, February 3, 2003) - The No. 25 Team Marines are ready for their first of 34 missions during the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season. Mission No. 1: The Koolerz 300 on February 15, 2003 at the famed Daytona International ...

(Mooresville, NC, February 3, 2003) - The No. 25 Team Marines are ready for their first of 34 missions during the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season. Mission No. 1: The Koolerz 300 on February 15, 2003 at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

The Koolerz 300 will mark the beginning of a new season, a season in which driver, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., has set high expectations for himself and his team.

In his first year with Team Rensi Motorsports and advertising partner, the United States Marine Corps, Hamilton, Jr. earned his first NASCAR Busch Series win and finished a career-best eighth in the points standings. This year, he is upping the ante.

"Last year was a building year for us," said Hamilton, Jr. "Fred Wanke (crew chief) and I were both new to the team and we had never worked together before, so there was a period of adjustment. Luckily, the adjustment period was short. Three races into the year we had it figured out and we never looked back.

This year, we know right out of the box what we are capable of," he added. "Winning races is our goal for the short-term. There is so much hype on this team right now and we know that we can do it. If once we get to the middle of the year we find ourselves in the chase for the championship, we' ll start approaching things a little differently. As for now, we're going to Daytona, Rockingham and Las Vegas to win. Forget about the points. We just plan to go out there, pass every car, and be in position to win every race. In the end, the points will be there."

While the No. 25 Team Marines have added a few faces to their roster, crew chief, Fred Wanke, feels that he has the right group of people to achieve their goals this season.

"I am happy with the team we have put in place for the 2003 season," said Wanke. "Each member is dedicated to the success of this team. Like every man and woman in the United States Marine Corps, they have proved that they will work hard and do what it takes to achieve success. I am very optimistic about the upcoming season."

Another addition to the team is Timberland Pro, which has joined the team as associate advertising partner of the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus. The goal of the partnership is to promote its line of work boots, apparel and gear for working professionals.

For team owner Sam Rensi, the future of Team Rensi Motorsports looks very bright.

"Team Rensi is excited about the upcoming 2003 season," said Rensi. "We have a great group of people that work day and night to ensure our success on and off the track. Our continued relationship with the United States Marine Corps is one that we are all very proud of, and we are thrilled with the addition of Timberland Pro series to our team. We have high expectations for the upcoming season and are confident that we will achieve our goal of winning races and contending for the 2003 championship.

As a salute to their honor, courage and commitment we dedicate this season to all of the men and women of the United States Marine Corps defending the freedom of our nation and the world in the coming months."

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