BUSCH: Stewart to race at Indy IRP

TONY STEWART TO COMPETE IN THE 2005 KROGER 200 AT IRP INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2005) 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, Tony Stewart will race in this years Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Stewart will run in a car owned by Kevin Harvick...


INDIANAPOLIS (March 28, 2005) 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, Tony Stewart will race in this years Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Stewart will run in a car owned by Kevin Harvick and will carry a special edition James Dean 50th anniversary paint scheme that will race only at IRP.

"I've raced at IRP so much in my career, but since I've been in NASCAR, not so much. I really like that track, and to have an opportunity to get back there in a Busch car was something I couldn't pass up," said Stewart. "I had a lot of success there when I raced in USAC, and with the success I've already had this year in the Busch Series, I'm hoping the two kind of coincide for a really good run when I get there in August."

Stewart has had tremendous success at IRP during his years as a USAC star. He has six Midget wins, tied for second in IRP track history, three Sprint Car wins, one Silver Crown win and one Silver Crown win as a car owner.

The Kroger 200 is the culmination of the three nights of racing during the Kroger SpeedFest. On Thursday August 4th the stars of the USAC Silver Crown Series will take to the track in the J. D. Byrider 100. On Friday, the Power Stroke Diesel 200, featuring the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will bump and bang all the way to victory lane. The weekend concludes with the 24th annual Kroger 200, NASCAR Busch Series race.

Tickets for the Kroger SpeedFest are currently on sale at IRP, all Ticketmaster outlets, at www.Ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-884-6472.

Stewart has competed in three Busch races this year and won the Hershey's Take 5 300 at Daytona, his first Busch series win and has one pole position with the Harvick owned race team.

"Kevin and DeLana Harvick have put together a great race team. They have the best of everything and they have the right people to put it all together" said Stewart. "It's great driving for them. You're in top-notch equipment. There aren't any points to worry about. You just go out there and race to win. Who wouldn't like that?"

The special one time only paint scheme, created by Action Performance, is a tribute of the 50th anniversary of Dean's tragic death on Sept. 30, 1955. A series of tribute events, including a three-day James Dean Fest being hosted in his hometown of Marion, Ind., on June 3-5, 2005. The festival will include an appearance by the James Dean 50th Anniversary Tour Trailer. The 53-foot show trailer is traveling across the country to auto shows, state fairs and several racing events with items on loan from the James Dean Estate and a full-scale replica of Dean's infamous Porsche 550 Spyder from the personal collection of Fred W. Wagenhals.

Action Performance Companies Inc. (NYSE: ATN) is the leader in the design, promotion, marketing and distribution of licensed motorsports merchandise. The Company's products include a broad range of motorsports-related die-cast replica collectibles, apparel, souvenirs and other sports-inspired memorabilia. Action Performance markets and distributes products through a variety of channels including the Action Racing Collectables network of wholesale distributors, the Racing Collectables Club of America, QVC, goracing.com, trackside at racing events, direct corporate promotions, mass retail and department stores, specialty dealers and select online retailers. For more information about Action Performance and its many subsidiaries, please visit the company's corporate Web site at www.action-performance.com.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

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