UK: Days of Thunder news 2004-04-07

Texaco Havoline Backs 2003 Days of Thunder Champion Reigning champ Ben Collins defends his title with major new sponsor 2003 Champion Ben Collins will defend his title in the 2004 Days of Thunder championship with backing from Texaco Havoline,...

Texaco Havoline Backs 2003 Days of Thunder Champion
Reigning champ Ben Collins defends his title with major new sponsor

2003 Champion Ben Collins will defend his title in the 2004 Days of Thunder championship with backing from Texaco Havoline, with Chicago Pneumatics providing additional support for the year.

Ben, who won 6 races last year on his way to the 2003 crown, will race with Texaco Havoline Racing run by new Days of Thunder squad Team Turn Four. The race car will carry the traditional number 42 and Texaco Havoline livery seen on Jamie McMurray's NASCAR Nextel Cup race car run by Chip Ganassi Racing in the United States.

Ben said, "It is great to be able to defend my title this year with backing from a prestigious motorsport brand like Texaco Havoline and Chicago Pneumatics. I am going to be running with a new team but I know Rockingham and these cars really well, so I'm confident we'll be fighting for race wins from the off. I still intend to race in IRL later this year but will now concentrate on defending my Days of Thunder title."

Mark Burnett, UK Marketing Manager for Chevron Texaco said: "ChevronTexaco are delighted to have secured the services of such an exciting driver as Ben and look forward to success on the racetrack this season".

The first meeting of the 2004 season takes place at Rockingham on Sunday 2nd May. A large crowd is expected as the off track entertainment will be headlined by No 1 band Blue, who are performing for 60 minutes live on the Smash Hits Rockingham stage.

New Days of Thunder Team Breaks Cover
Team Turn Four to run Ben Collins and Rob Speak in 2004 Championship

A new Days of Thunder race team has been formed by former RML Crew Chief Graeme May and will run reigning champion Ben Collins in the Texaco Havoline Racing car and former World F1 Stock Car Champion and Days of Thunder race winner Rob Speak.

Team Turn Four will be based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and will be the second new team for the 2004 Days of Thunder season, with Renegade Racing setting up last December.

"Running my own team is something I have always wanted to do," said team principal Graeme May. "I have learnt a lot from my six years at RML, who are one of the most professional teams in the business. As a new team we are privileged to have Texaco Havoline and Chicago Pneumatic as our business partners. To work with Ben Collins again is a fantastic opportunity, especially having Rob Speak as his teammate. I think they will make for a very strong pairing for this years championship."

The 2004 Days of Thunder season will get underway on Sunday 2nd May. The twelve race championship takes place over six weekends at Rockingham, Europe's fastest race circuit. The Days of Thunder events are on the first Sunday of every month from May until October and apart from the high octane racing action provided by the Days of Thunder championship and Pick Up series, there is a complete package of family entertainment including a top music act that will appear on the Smash Hits Rockingham stage. The first band to appear will be No 1 group Blue, supported by D-Side on 2nd May.

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Series Road racing
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Ben Collins , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing