BUSCH: Rockingham: Team Rensi preview

Team Marines Racing Notes and Quotes: Special Car Design - The Freedom Car Makes Its Debut Team Rensi Motorsports will honor the bravery and spirit of the United States Marines who fought in the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, with a special ...

Team Marines Racing Notes and Quotes:

Special Car Design - The Freedom Car Makes Its Debut
Team Rensi Motorsports will honor the bravery and spirit of the United States Marines who fought in the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, with a special paint scheme for the 1-866-RBCTERM.com 200 at Rockingham.

Team Rensi Motorsports will honor the bravery and spirit of the United States Marines who fought in the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, by giving the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus a new look for the North Carolina Speedway race on February 23.
Photo by Team Rensi Motorsports.

Making its first of two appearances during the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, the Freedom Car will feature several decals that are symbols of the true spirit of this country, including the American Eagle, the United States Capitol building, the Declaration of Independence, the Statue of Liberty, as well as a prominent display of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem of the United States Marine Corps.

Team Rensi Motorsports Honors Beaufort Based Marine Killed Last Sunday Team Rensi Motorpsorts will honor Captain James B. Blackmon, Jr. from the All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, based in Beaufort, SC, who was killed last Sunday during a training exercise in California, with a decal bearing Blackmon, Jr.'s name on the No. 25 Ford Taurus at Rockingham. Members of the Team Marines crew had the opportunity to meet Captain Blackmon at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC during their trip to Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, last month. Team Rensi Motorsports keeps the family and friends of Captain Blackmon in their thoughts and prayers.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on The Rock:

Hamilton, Jr. had one of his best finishes of the 2001season a year ago at Rockingham, where he posted one of his two top-five finishes of the year.

"Rockingham is a tricky track," says Hamilton, Jr. "It will challenge you every single lap, but that's what makes it fun. The one thing that Fred keeps reminding me of, is to be patient. Patience is not one of my strong suits as many can tell you, but I know how important it is at a track like this. Being too aggressive will eat up the tires in a hurry, and you cannot win a race at Rockingham that way. Last year, I got my first top-five finish of the year here. This year, I'm hoping to get my first win. "

On Driving The Freedom Car: "I am proud to be a part of such a tribute," Hamilton said. "You always hear stories about the battle of Iwo Jima and how many of these men went ashore knowing that they would lose their lives. How could I not feel honored to be able to pay my respects to those men? The Freedom Car looks awesome and I can't wait to get it on the track at Rockingham and hopefully, take it to victory lane."

Fred Wanke on The Rock:

"'The Rock' is an old track and the surface is pretty worn out, so it's easy to use up your tires early in a long green flag run," says No. 25 Team Marines crew chief, Fred Wanke. "Tire conservation and patience by the driver are key at a track like Rockingham. The driver has to make sure that he does not abuse the tires and that he can make them last. The game at Rockingham is to see who runs the best on old tires and who can make them last the longest, because that's the person who will be standing in victory lane at the end of the race."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton