BUSCH: Paul Wolfe pre-season notes

Mooresville, NC (February 7, 2005) - Paul Wolfe is about to embark on a journey that he has dreamed about since he was 10 years old. The Milford, NY, native is preparing for a 22-race NASCAR Busch Series season driving the No. 6 Hungry Drivers ...

Mooresville, NC (February 7, 2005) - Paul Wolfe is about to embark on a journey that he has dreamed about since he was 10 years old. The Milford, NY, native is preparing for a 22-race NASCAR Busch Series season driving the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge, owned by Evernham Motorsports, and you can bet that he has set high expectations for his break-out season. At the top of the list -- the 2005 Rookie of the Year honors.

For Wolfe, the opportunity to drive for a respected and successful team like Evernham Motorsports is a dream come true. The rookie driver recognizes that this is an opportunity to jump-start his career and make his mark in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"To be a part of a well-respected and successful organization like Evernham Motorsports is a dream come true for any racer that has worked hard over the years just hoping to get such an opportunity," said Wolfe. "With the extensive resources that Evernham Motorsports provides and the team of talented fabricators, mechanics and engineers that we have in place, we have all the tools in the toolbox to have a successful season. There is some stiff competition in the NASCAR Busch Series this year but we think we can accomplish the goals we have set - running up front consistently, fighting for wins and winning the Rookie of the Year title."

If the recent test session at Daytona International Speedway is any indication, Wolfe and his Hungry Drivers team appear to be on the right track. Wolfe posted the third quickest lap time overall during the three-day test, something that gives the entire team an added boost of confidence as they get set to start the new season.

While Wolfe knows that as a rookie he has challenges ahead of him, he feels that he has something that the other rookie competitors don't have -- Elton Sawyer. Sawyer was hand picked by Ray Evernham to lead Wolfe and the Hungry Drivers team, Evernham Motorsports' first full time Busch Series effort.

Sawyer competed successfully in the NASCAR Busch Series for over twenty years. To date, he is ranked second in all time starts among past and present NASCAR Busch Series drivers with 392 starts.

"With over 20 years of experience as a Busch Series driver, Elton is the perfect mentor for a rookie like myself," said Wolfe. "Elton has driven each of these tracks, he knows their characteristics and knows what it feels like to drive on them. Having a crew chief with that kind of first hand knowledge that can relate to what I tell him about the condition of the car is rare and is something that I feel gives me a leg up on the competition."

Sawyer looks forward to working with Wolfe and to helping him achieve the goals that he has set for himself and this team.

"I look forward to being a mentor to Paul and to helping him achieve success on the track," said Sawyer. "Watching Paul, it is obvious that he has the raw talent he needs to make a name for himself in this sport. My goal is to help grow and develop that raw talent throughout the season. Paul and I have an open door policy in which communication is key. We listen to each other and we trust each other -- two things that are going to help us reach our goals this year."

Also on his side are Evernham Motorsports' three NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers, Bill Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, who Wolfe plans to communicate with on a regular basis.

"There is such a tremendous pool of talent in this organization with proven winners like Kasey, Jeremy and Bill Elliott, and I intend to take full advantage of that -- tapping into their insights and experience to position myself for success," added Wolfe.

Last season, Wolfe was one of four young drivers in the Hungry Drivers Racing program, sponsored by Unilever Foods brands Ragu®, Hellmann's® and Country Crock®. The program was designed to give four drivers from various racing backgrounds the opportunity to compete in three races each on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit and prove themselves worthy of being named as primary driver of the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge for the 2005 season. In three starts, Wolfe posted two top-20 finishes, including 18th place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a team high 12th place at New Hampshire International Raceway. Impressed with his performance, Wolfe was named the primary driver of the No. 6 Dodge for the 2005 season.

Wolfe's determination to succeed is clear as he approaches the 2005 season.

"The Hungry Drivers program is truly one-of-a-kind because it gives hopeful drivers like myself the opportunity of a lifetime," said Wolfe. "I look forward to bringing the Hungry Drivers program and Evernham Motorsports their first of many NASCAR Busch Series victories in 2005!

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeremy Mayfield , Elton Sawyer , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham , Paul Wolfe