Taking Care Of Business

CONCORD, N.C. - Mark Martin and the Viagra Racing Team had hoped to spend Monday and Tuesday of this week testing at Watkins Glen in preparation for the upcoming final road course race of the season. However, as the song goes 'Rain drops' kept falling on their heads as Mother Nature had other plans. Eventually the two-day test was washed out, and the team was forced home late on Monday afternoon. The team quickly changed its focus to this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Martin was strong last month there, qualifying fourth and running inside the top five when he experienced engine problems at the halfway point of the race.

"We are excited about going back to Pocono this weekend," said Martin. "We feel like we have a little unfinished business there. We were really strong back in June and had one of the cars to beat, but we had a failure mid-way through the race and didn't get the finish that we felt we might have deserved.

"This weekend we'll go back there and see if we can't finish the job," added Martin.

The team is particularly excited about the next two races at Pocono and Indianapolis. The team will use the same car this weekend at Pocono they used to run to a win earlier this year at Dover and they will be looking for the same result. For Indianapolis they will use the car they ran at Chicago two races ago - a car that was one of Martin's fastest in recent memory. The team tested that car at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago and was very pleased with the results.

"We would love to get a win at Indy," said crew chief Pat Tryson. "That's a pretty special race and it would really mean a lot to our season to kiss those bricks at Indy. These guys have worked really hard this year and Mark has driven his tail off out there, so they all deserve something like that. It would be great to put together a couple of wins in a row here to show just how strong this team has been."

"We just have to keep going back to the track and going fast," said Martin. "That's what we do. If we do that I'm confident we can get another win or two this season. Any win is big to me. A win at Indy would be an awesome accomplishment for this team, but I'll take a win anywhere we can get one. We've been strong enough to win races this year, and a lot of things have to happen right for you to get a win.

"The thing that's the most impressive is that Pat and Wally (Brown) and these guys have been able to put us in a position to run up front on so many occasions this year. The car's have been awesome and the pit stops are great. It's really a fantastic race team and I can't tell you how honored I am to have been able to work with these guys each week. I know that no one on this team has even thought about giving up and I'm confident that we'll be able to go out and accomplish a lot more as this season goes on."

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