Petree Alive For The Rock
February 19, 2002 | 12:00 A.M. EST
After a 21st-place finish in Sunday’s Daytona 500, Petree announced that the No. 33 Chevy – which is without a primary sponsor – will participate in this Sunday’s Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.
“We gave it a lot of thought and, one problem aside, we had a really good car at Daytona,” Petree said. “We feel we can put the same kind of effort together at Rockingham this week. We know we’re capable of winning there, and we feel we’re capable of winning just about anywhere this series goes.
“When you look back, we had an incredible amount of national exposure during Speed Weeks at Daytona and we can run well enough to do that again at Rockingham. We want to show potential sponsors what we can do and what we can offer, and the best way to do that is to put the car on the track and go.”
Auto-Liv came on board in a one-race sponsorship deal for Daytona on the No. 33 Chevy. At Daytona, Wallace qualified sixth and ran well in his Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race.
The car developed an electrical problem in the Daytona, but Wallace still managed a respectable finish.
The No. 33 Chevy won the last race held at Rockingham last year. Joe Nemechek took the car to victory lane in the Nov. 4 Pop Secret 400.
Petree wouldn’t commit to running any more races past Rockingham, but didn’t rule out racing at Las Vegas next weekend.
“We’re not solid with anybody yet, but I feel pretty good about the (sponsorship) possibilities,” Petree said. “There has been a lot of positive interest in sponsoring the No. 33 car. Still, if somebody is one the phone today, I’m sure going to make the call. More and more companies are seeing the tremendous potential we offer with this race team, and they are going to want to be a part of it.”