Defending Rookie Gets Ready

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Jamie McMurray rolls into Daytona International Speedway this week for Preseason Thunder in preparation for next month's Daytona 500. McMurray, the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, is anxious to get back behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge.

"I'm ready to get back in a racecar," McMurray said. "It seems like it's been a long time since Miami last November. While I enjoyed some time off to relax, I'm ready to get back to racing." "I feel like we have a really good superspeedway program this year," McMurray added. "The guys at the shop have been working extremely hard and I think we're going to see the benefits when we hit the track this week. It will just feel good to be back in a racecar."

McMurray's No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge will sport a new look for the 2004 season. The 2004 design helps tie in the history and legacy of the Texaco and Havoline brands in NASCAR.

McMurray will participate in NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway January 6-8.

In addition, the Joplin, Mo. native will take part in Fan Fest on Wednesday night at DAYTONA USA. McMurray will appear from 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. for a Q&A session with fans.


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