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Chevrolet fields 'Dream Team' at Daytona

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FRIDAY 16TH JANUARY 2004

Chevrolet has confirmed the formation of what it considers to be a 'powerhouse team' for the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month, with the addition of several top-line NASCAR stars joining experienced sportscar racers in the Boss Racing Crawford line-up.

Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson will join Daytona veterans Andy Wallace, Butch Leitzinger, Elliott-Forbes Robinson and Dave Brule in Chevrolet-powered Daytona Prototypes for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic on January 31.

"Chevrolet is proud to have such a dominant team of drivers at this prestigious event," said GM Racing marketing manager Gary Claudio, "Speedweeks will be a family affair for both Chevrolet and our NASCAR drivers, starting out with Chevrolet-powered Daytona Prototypes and finishing with the Monte Carlos in the Daytona 500."

The Crawford-built, V8 Chevrolet-powered prototypes, which will aim for an overall win at the marathon event, will have some of GM Racing's finest talent behind the wheel.

Earnhardt Jr competed at the Daytona 24 Hours in 2001 at the wheel of the factory Corvette C5-R, along with his father, the late Dale Earnhardt. The family pairing had an impressive showing on their sportscar debut, finishing fourth overall and second in class.

"I am really excited about going to Daytona again with Chevrolet," Junior said, "The Crawford-Chevrolet opportunity came up in November and, given the chance to work with Andy Wallace and Tony Stewart, it was simply too good to pass up."

Stewart is no stranger to sportscar racing - or to the Crawford operation - having made his debut at the Daytona 24 in 2001 behind the wheel of a Crawford prototype. The 2002 Winston Cup champion will look to add an overall victory at the legendary event to his already expansive motorsport resume, which includes championship titles in NASCAR, the IRL and USAC.



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