Media Tour Wraps Up

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CONCORD, N.C. - The 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Media Tour hosted by Lowe's Motor Speedway wound down on Thursday with a day full of shop visits and interviews. Among the highlights of the day was the week's final stop, a somewhat emotional visit to Hendrick Motorsports.

Team owner Rick Hendrick welcomed the more than 200 media members to the team's brand new facility, which he said was a testimony and tribute to the organization's ten people who lost their lives in last fall's plane crash.

"It's good to have you guys here again," Hendrick said. "We're really proud of this new facility. I've always been a firm believer in having two cars working under one roof. We've got over 500 people who are committed to getting all of our teams and drivers where they need to be.

"But it's not about having nice facilities, it's about the talent and chemistry of the people. We're actually moving everything into this shop this weekend. When I look at the fact that we won a combined 23 races last year in NEXTEL Cup and Busch, but didn't win a title says a lot about how strong this sport is now. This facility is a huge investment because this sport is growing so much. We are truly geared more than ever for the future."

Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were in attendance and both have high hopes, and expectations, for the coming season.

"Heading into the new season, my number one goal is winning a fifth championship," Gordon said, he flew in to Charlotte after spending two days in New York as host of the "Live With regis and Kelly" show. "That is what we've been working hard towards in the off-season.

We've moved a couple of people around so we could get even better than we were last year. The key to all this is getting the most out of the people who work on these cars. I came close to winning that fifth title last year, so that probably makes me a little more hungry for the drive for five in 2005."

Johnson fielded questions about expectations for his team, which many feel is the pre-season favorite to win the title.

"It's an honor to be considered as a championship favorite because we've only done this for three years at this level," he said. "I think we're going to be pretty good."

The spacious new home of Chip Ganassi Racing was also on the day's tour. The brand new facility in Concord houses the three-car NEXTEL Cup team of Jamie McMurray, Sterling Marlin and Casey Mears as well as the Busch Series operation for young Reed Sorenson.

"I'm glad you guys could make it out to see our new facility because we are very proud of it," Ganassi said. "Felix and I have been focused on winning races and championships which in turn adds more value to our sponsor's financial investment. We're also focused on the upcoming 2005 season and getting things kicked off in a big way at the Daytona 500."

Ganassi driver Marlin, who many expect to be one of the next veterans to announce his retirement, voiced his optimism about 2005 which will see a new crew chief for the Coors Light Dodge.

"I think the addition of Steve Boyer as my new crew chief is going to be a big plus," Marlin said. "We've also got a lot of engineers working with us now on our chassis. As a matter of fact, we found something that was wrong in our chassis just yesterday at Nashville.

I don't know if I'd say I'm under a lot of pressure because there's no doubt in my mind that we are getting things headed in the right direction. We didn't have all that bad of a season last year because we had so much bad luck when we were in contention to win races. We're going to be a lot better than we were."


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